In her quest to become Women’s Tennis’ greatest winner, Serena Williams fell short in a way almost unheard of in tennis circles.
Playing in the Quarter Finals of the Australian Open Tournament, she was playing Karolina Pliskova. Williams had won the first set, 6-4; Pliskova won the second set 6-4, and Serena Williams was up in the third and final set, when the bottom fell out.
For those that follow tennis; Serena was up 5-1 in the third set and serving up 40-love. Now usually Serena who has the best serve in Women’s Tennis would close out the game, the set and the match, but this time it was not to be.
Karolina Pliskova broke Serena to win that game and go on to win the next 6 games!!! Something unheard of against Serena Williams.
SERENA WILLIAMS: “I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” “She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”
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PLISKOVA: “I was almost in the locker room,” “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”
Normally, Serena Williams is the one manufacturing a comeback. This time, it was surprising to see her let a sizable lead vanish. Only twice before in 380 Grand Slam matches had Williams lost after holding a match point, at the 2010 French Open and 1999 Australian Open.