Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Karolina Pliskova

Serena Williams has been knocked out of Australian Open after a defeat by Karolina Pliskova to win a dramatic quarter-final.

Serena going for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, led 5-1 in the decider but lost 6-4 4-6 7-5 in Melbourne.

“I think she just played lights out on match points,” Williams said.

“I took my chances,” said Pliskova after winning on her third match point.

Former world number one Pliskova will meet Japan’s fourth seed Naomi Osaka in the last four on Thursday with eighth seed Petra Kvitova taking on unseeded American Danielle Collins in the other semi-final.


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