The 23-time grand slam winner departed the
Australian Open at the quarterfinal stage in dramatic circumstances. The
37-year-old American, going for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles
title, led 5-1 in the decider but lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in Melbourne.
"I think she just played lights out
on match points," Williams said.
Pliskova who won on her third match point
said, “I took my chances”.
Serena even said that she ‘did not choke’
after missing four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova won the
final six games to win a dramatic Australian Open quarter-final.
Pliskova will be playing in the Australian
Open semi-finals for the first time and is one victory away from appearing in
her second Grand Slam final, following defeat by Germany's Angelique Kerber in
the 2016 US Open.
Pliskova had led by a set and a break at
3-2 before the momentum swung to Williams and victory appeared a formality
after she won nine games out of 10 and set up a match point. But the momentum
then again swung back to Pliskova in a chaotic encounter. Pliskova said, “I was
almost in the locker room but now stand here as the winner”.
About her semi-final opponent she said, “Naomi
Osaka is dangerous but there is nobody more dangerous than Serena”.