No rematch for Williams siblings
NEW YORK (AP):
Venus Williams went from down and out to a point from victory, then back again. In the end, she couldn't quite get past a woman a dozen years younger and never before at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.
Venus Williams failed to convert a match point and lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round of the US Open yesterday, despite vociferous support from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd down the stretch.
"I really played the perfect point there," the sixth-seeded Williams said about her chance to end things while up 5-4 in the third set, and Pliskova serving at 30-40, "and she managed to stay alive".
Serena followed Venus on court and beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round for her 308th Grand Slam match victory, breaking a tie with Roger Federer for most in the Open era, which dates to 1968.
"It's a huge number," Serena said about getting to 308. "I think it's very significant, actually. I think it's something that just really talks about the length of my career, in particular. I've been playing for a really long time. But also, given that consistency up there - that's something that I'm really proud of."
Serena, who reached a tournament-best 126 mph, delivered 11 aces and won 28 of 30 first-serve points.