Serena Outlasts Halep; Blockbuster Women’s Semis Thursday at US Open
by Jeremy Davis | September 7th, 2016, 11:42 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams faced her sternest test yet at the US Open on Wednesday night, outlasting No. 5 seed Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at the US Open.
Halep was truly outlasted in a physical test of a quality where both players hit more winners than unforced errors. The Romanian brought her best tennis to even the match at one-set all, but slowed considerably early in the third and was broken serving at 1-2. At that point the No. 1 put her foot on the gas, losing only one more game.

“I knew I could play a lot better and I felt I kind of lost my rhythm in the second set,” Serena said. “I’m happy to be out here in the semis, it’s going to be a great opportunity.”

The opportunity she speaks of? Finishing ahead of world No. 2 Angie Kerber, who is in the other semifinal, and can take the No. 1 ranking for the first time by winning the US Open.

Serena will next face first-time slam semifinalist and No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova, who has an equally-big serve to the American. Serena in her on-court interview played off the pressure of Pliskova standing between her and a blockbuster final against Kerber.

“There will be a lot of aces I think in that match,” Serena said of tomorrow’s semifinal. “I look forward to it, I have nothing to lose and I’ll just go for it.”

Pliskova in her quarterfinal on Wednesday rolled another deep-slam neophyte, beating 18-year-old unseeded Ana Konjuh of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour.

“I’m very excited to be in my first grand slam semifinal,” said the 24-year-old tattooed Pliskova. “I think [the difference in the match] was the serve.”

Konjuh was far from the player who had upset Aggie Radwanska, who she had played close before at Wimbledon, looking nervous throughout the match and wiping away tears afterwards.

Pliskova, the WTA tour ace leader, threw down to end the match, thumping an ace at 40-love. She is on a 10-match winning streak after entering the US Open off the Cincinnati title.

Look for Serena in her semifinal to attempt to move the lanky Pliskova around the court rather than power her off it.

“I’m still trying to work on my movement, which is not great,” Pliskova said after her win.

Konjuh’s upside remains huge despite her mental meltdown. Only three years ago she was raising the US Open girls’ title, a year in which she also won the Aussie Open girls’ championship.

Starting at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday night at the US Open will be the women’s semifinals, (1) Williams vs. (10) Pliskova, and (2) Kerber vs. the unseeded former No. 1 Wozniacki.

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14 Comments for Serena Outlasts Halep; Blockbuster Women’s Semis Thursday at US Open

Margot Says:

Sounds as if it was a good quality match. Oh Simona, so near yet so far! And there she is again, the queen of tennis. Amazing. “Too old” eh? Lol!

Van Persie Says:

Even if it hurts a bit, that she lost again, I will say: Well done, Simona! It was a good run at this US Open. Perhaps, next time!
Serena was too good. Congrats!

Kimberly Says:

anyone here to chat about the ladies matches?

Wog Boy Says:

Congratulations Pliskova, what took you so long to arrive on the big scene, I saw you as top 5 player almost two years ago.
Well done, now go for the title, you can do it.

Danica Says:

Yes, present! :)
Pliskova and her serve. Wow. Congrats. Amazing run at this USO.

BBB Says:

She really held it together. Not easy to do in that environment. And her movement was exceptionally good given that it’s not her long suit.

I am not sure how fit Serena is or isn’t. They made a big deal about how she brought in her trainer for more workouts the past couple of weeks. I don’t know what the norm is, but it seems odd to me that it wouldn’t simply be part of her regular routine, especially as at this age she needs every advantage she can get. I’d like to see her get to 23.

Those of you not in the United States, you are fortunate to have been spared Pam Shriver’s interminable blather.

Wog Boy Says:

Katarina had more problems with older sister than this one.

AndyMira Says:

Angel play like a demon atm!Everything caro threw at her,she turned it to a winner..maybe pumped up by her new title..

BBB Says:

WB, it was pretty clear Serena had a bum leg. Early in the first set Serena couldn’t get to a ball she’d normally run down.

BBB Says:

This is what bothers me about Woz’s relationship with her dad – he’s already been warned for coaching, and now he’s telling her to eat. It’s a bit too Svengali for my tastes.

chrisford1 Says:

Angie Kerber will be #1 next Monday. Ending “The Queen’s” 186 week reign. And it doesn’t look like Venus, Sharpova, or Azarenka will be around in a couple of years. While Serena has matured into a much better person and player, it is refreshing to see a new generation is poised to take over in the WTA.

Nothing against the two Orcs, or what the two Orcs did and what shrieker Maria did. They had their day, and are Legends for it.

Don’t look to see “an exciting young gun” replace Nole and Andy. Not for a while. Djokovic is only in his 114th straight week as #1 – well behind Serena’s 186 straight or what Roger did in a less competitive time in the ATP. 234 straight as number 1.

Margot Says:

Thrilled for Angie and Katarina too.
BBB: I don’t like these father daughter coaching set ups, way too creepy.

Margot Says:

And another great thing about Angie is : she……….silent.

chrisford1 Says:

And Venus and Maria and Vika and Serena …are….not….silent. That is what the WTA gains when those 4, the worst offenders, are gone..

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