Australian Open: Serena Williams is injured at the match ball


    The Tennis record hunting of Serena Williams took the Australian Open in the quarter-finals, a most unfortunate end. After you umknickte the first of four match points, lost the 37-year-old American, in spite of a 5:1 lead in the third set yet 4:6, 6:4, 5:7 against the Czech Karolina Pliskova. In order for Williams in Melbourne more your 24. Title at the Grand Slam tournaments to get the record of the Australian Margaret Court.

    On the apparently painful Twisting with your left foot, you want to defeat after that, however, do not push. “I think she just played well and that has nothing to do with the ankle,” said Serena Williams. “I’ve got balls made in the match, nothing wrong. She has played the best Tennis of your life.“

    The former US Open semi-finalist Pliskova said on Wednesday directly after their victory, they had hardly expected: “Actually, I was almost in the locker room, and now I’m standing here as the winner. I was passive, she was a bit shaky at the end.“ Later Pliskova added: “something like this happens maybe once in a lifetime.”

    one and a Half sentences long, you already looked like the winner, in the second sentence of the until then strong charge in the end Pliskova was down a Break 3:2 in the front. Then Williams managed to turn the tide. “She went to the balls and was aggressive, I was passive,” said Pliskova. When the score was 5:1 Serena Williams had her first match ball against the previous number one. In doing so, they buckled with the left foot, as she changed the direction, and not moved afterwards, as usual.

    with The score 5:4, you still had three more chances to win, but could not use that as well. Pliskova was a little later, 6:5 in the front, with a private Service, she finished in third match point after 2:10 hours of memorable game.

    In her first Australian Open semi-final, the 26-Year-old plays on Thursday against US Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan, who won her quarter-final 6:4, 6:1 against Jelina Switolina from the Ukraine. “It is dangerous, but there is no one who is as dangerous as Serena,” said Pliskova. The years of the world ranking list had 23 two years ago, before her baby break with the seventh Triumph in Melbourne. Grand-Slam-title brought. So you are still holding in front of Steffi Graf, the best mark in the 50-year-old professional Era.

    In the other semi-final, the Czech Petra Kvitova, and surprisingly, the American Danielle Collins. Osaka, Kvitova and Pliskova have the Chance to after the tournament, the new number one in the world ranking list, since the Romanian Simona Halep will lose the top position according to their eighth-final against Serena Williams.