US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Serena Williams only two matches away from open era record of Steffi Graf



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US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Serena Williams only two matches away from open era record of Steffi Graf

Tennis- World No.1 and 22-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is only two wins away from breaking open era record of Steffi Graf as she defeated fifth seed Simona Halep in 3 sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 whereas 10th seed Karolina Pliskova got through to the semifinal of a Grand Slam for the first time as she brushed aside unseeded Croatian Ana Konjuh in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the Quarterfinal of the 2016 US Open Championships.

6-time US Open champion Williams had beaten Halep in six of the seven meetings between them. Once again Serena got off to a great start and broke Halep early to go 3-0. Halep got one break back but Serena broke her two more times to take the first set 6-2. In the second set Halep fought back and saved all 12 break points she faced. She needed just one break in the third game to take the second set 6-4 and levelled the match at one set a piece.

In the first game of the third set Williams saved two break points and after that she did not face any break point in whole set. A break in the fourth game was enough to give her the third set 6-3 and a place in the semifinal of US Open for the 11th time. Both players were into the last 8 of a Grand Slam for the first time and were looking to reach last 4 for the first time. Pliskova had been in a great form lately as she had beaten the former World No.1, 2-time US Open champion Venus Williams in the previous round.

Konjuh had knocked out fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Pliskova was too strong on her serve in the first set as she lost only 1 point on four service games. She won all 12 points on first serve and broke Konjuh twice to take the first set 6-2 in just 28 minutes.

Pliskova also hit 5 winners and 7 unforced errors in the first set. In the second set Pliskova kept the momentum going as she again did not face any break point and broke the Croat twice to take the second set 6-2 and reached semifinal after 57 minutes.

She will face the winner of World No.1 Serena Williams and fifth seed Simona Halep next. Also Read: US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Kerber only two wins away from becoming World No.1