Serena Williams
Serena Williams defeated by Karolina Pliskova. Karolina Pliskova sets up a final four clash with Naomi Osaka, ending the American great's quest

Serena Williams throws away huge lead at Australian Open

  • Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in an incredible way

Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in an incredible way Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, who will face Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals. The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but ran out of gas, and looked completely drained of energy as she threw away a 5–1 lead in the decisive third set, to crash out of the tournament.

She lost to the Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. It was a gut-wrenching defeat for the 37-year-old, who battled back from a set down, was leading 5-1 in the third and serving for the match, only to throw it away with some poor serving and wild shots as frustrations bubbled to the surface. Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in an incredible way Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, who will face Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals.

The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but ran out of gas, and looked completely drained of energy as she threw away a 5–1 lead in the decisive third set, to crash out of the tournament. She lost to the Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. It was a gut-wrenching defeat for the 37-year-old, who battled back from a set down, was leading 5-1 in the third and serving for the match, only to throw it away with some poor serving and wild shots as frustrations bubbled to the surface.

Serena Williams’s bid to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles was brought to a shuddering halt in an incredible way Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, who will face Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals. The American great had beaten world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round but ran out of gas, and looked completely drained of energy as she threw away a 5–1 lead in the decisive third set, to crash out of the tournament.

She lost to the Czech seventh seed, who saved four match points before winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 under the hot Melbourne sun. It was a gut-wrenching defeat for the 37-year-old, who battled back from a set down, was leading 5-1 in the third and serving for the match, only to throw it away with some poor serving and wild shots as frustrations bubbled to the surface.