On Wednesday, Serena was looking for her 24th Grand Slam title but was stopped short by Pliskova's guile . Serena Williams was undone by nervousness perhaps and Karolina Pliskova staged a massive comeback to beat Serena Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to enter the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
While, Karolina Pliskova fought tip to toe to earn this victory. She had the opportunity to serve out the match in the second set but Serena fought back like she knows how to and eventually broke Pliskova twice in that set to take the match to the decider.In the decider, Serena was rampant in the beginning firing all cylinder and broke Pliskova twice to go up 5-1.
Serving for the match, Serena found herself wanting and perhaps nervous as Pliskova found her accuracy, her spirit and her power back to break Serena and stretch the match.Here on , Pliskova was the dominant one, broke Serena once again to go back on serve and won 6 games in a row at the end to serve out the match and advance to her first semi-final in Melbourne. She will next be up against the US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who earlier beat Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1.
Earlier , commentators mentioned that Pliskova has spoken to them about staying mentally positive in order to participate against Serena. She did show some weakness in the second set when she had to serve out the match but by the end, Pliskova would know she came out mentally stronger.
Even though Serena hit far more winners than Pliskova, her unforced errors cost her the match. To Pliskova's 15 unforced errors, Serena had 37 and that made all the difference. Pliskova 1st serve was as high as 79 per cent by the end of the match while Serena was in 50s.Serena was looking to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam title but the American will have to wait a while longer to challenge for the same again.