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Pliskova dethrones Williams to reach US Open final

Karolina Pliskova is only the fourth woman to beat Venus and Serena Williams during the same Grand slam tournament.
Karolina Pliskova is only the fourth woman to beat Venus and Serena Williams during the same Grand slam tournament. Robert Deutsch/USA Today
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Karolina Pliskova moved into her first Grand Slam final on Thursday night achieving a rare feat. 

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The 24-year-old Czech became only the fourth woman to beat Venus and Serena Williams during the same Grand Slam event. Only Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis have pulled off the feat.

During the last 16, Pliskova dispatched Venus, seeded sixth, and in Arthur Ashe stadium, she produced the biggest win of her career to dislodge Serena 6-2, 7-6.

Pliskova said she acquired an insight into the Williams power game during the victory over Venus where she saved a match point. "To beat Serena, she's world number one so it's always tough to beat someone like this. She's never giving up. Even if she's losing, not playing her best, it's always tough to beat girls like this.

"Even if my game I think was a little bit better against Venus, everyone is going to say it's amazing to beat Serena but both matches were very good."

Pliskova, who had never gone beyond the third round during her previous 17 Grand Slam tournaments, is the first Czech woman in the US Open final since Helena Sukova in 1994.

The defeat cost Williams her status as world number one. It was a position she had nurtured for 186 consecutive weeks. On Saturday, Pliskova will face the new world number one Angelique Kerber who swept past a former holder of the accolade Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

Pliskova, seeded 10th, will go into the encounter with confidence. She beat Kerber to claim the Cincinnati title just before the US Open.

"There is not much more than to beat both Williams sisters in one tournament in New York," she said. "I'm really excited about those two wins. For the crowd, it's probably not the best that I beat both of them in their country, but for me it's really something special."

 

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