Serena falls short again at the Open

Updated: September 9, 2016

By Richard Kent


NEW YORK — It happened again to Serena Williams in the US Open semis. Just like last year.
Then it was Roberta Vinci. This time Czech Karolina Pliskova, the no. 10 seed.The scores, 6-2,7-6.
With the loss,Williams fell off the no. 1 perch for the first time in 186 weeks. Angelique Kerber, a finalist takes over that spot. She’ll play Pliskova in the Saturday Final.
Williams appeared to be hampered by a knee injury, even though she scoffed such off at her press conference.
Pliskova is the hardest serving female player, after Williams. She now joins Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, and Martina Hingis, as the only players to defeat both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam.Clijsters and Henin are long retired and Hingis is now a doubles specialist.
For the match, Williams only had one break point. She had 31 unforced errors and was out out-aced 7-5.
Williams did not play again in 2015 after her loss to Vinci and the remainder of her 2016 remains uncertain, largely predicated upon the true extent of her injury.

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