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SERENA Williams has crashed out of the US Open, Kerber celebrates top ranking with semi-final victory

SERENA Williams has crashed out of the US Open, her semi-final defeat to Karolina Pliskova costing her a shot at a 23rd grand slam title and a record 187th straight week at number one.

Pliskova, the 10th-seeded Czech playing in her first grand slam semi-final, triumphed 6-2 7-6 (7/5) and will face Angelique Kerber, who will supplant the American atop the summit when the new world rankings are released next week.
Meanwhile, Kerber downed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 to reach the championship match.
Pliskova was stunned after her impressive win.
“I don’t believe it,” said Pliskova, who had never made it past the third round of a grand slam in 17 prior attempts.
“I knew I had the chance to beat anyone if I played my game. I am excited to be in the final and to beat Serena as she is such a great champion.
“Even when she was down a set and break she was still fighting. I had to fight hard to win.”
Williams said she had been hampered by a sore left knee since earlier in the tournament.

Kerber celebrates top ranking with semi-final victory
Just moments after becoming the oldest first-time world number one, Kerber raced out of the blocks against Wozniacki, a two-time runner-up at the tournament.
Two breaks of serve gave her a 4-0 lead after just 15 minutes, conceding only five points in the process, and she had two more break points in the fifth which a desperately scrambling Wozniacki saved to finally get on the board.

The 26-year-old Wozniacki, a former number one, consulted a page of scribbled notes in the changeover and the handy hints proved just that as she retrieved a break to go 2-4.
She saved two set points in the ninth game but Kerber secured the opener on serve at the next time of asking.
The 74th-ranked Wozniacki certainly appeared to have her mind elsewhere as she slipped 2-0 down in the second set before a 27-shot rally in the third game helped her open her account.
Kerber, who did not drop a set on the way to the final, was ruthless in her pursuit, breaking again for a 4-1 lead before she cracked when serving for the match, getting broken to love.
It was a brief respite as she then broke for the fifth time in the match to march into a third major singles final of the year.




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