Karolína Plíšková Stuns Serena Williams to Reach US Open Final

The 10th-seeded tennis star beat both Williams sisters to become the first Czech in 23 years to advance to the US Open final

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 09.09.2016 09:58:58 (updated on 09.09.2016) Reading time: 2 minutes

US tennis star Serena Williams, currently the top-ranked female in the world, was seeking a record 7th US Open title this week in Cincinnati.

But Czech upstart Karolína Plíšková, a 10th seed in the tournament, got in her way.

Plíšková dramatically topped Serena 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in a second-set tiebreaker in US Open semifinals action yesterday, ending the US star’s quest for a record 23 major wins, which would be an Open-era record.

“I think if she had played any less then maybe I would have had a chance,” Williams was quoted saying after the match.

“So I think I wasn’t at 100%, but I also think she played well. She deserved to win today.”

24-year-old Plíšková was ranked 11th by the WTA heading into the US Open, but her performance all but guarantees a big rise through the top 10.

And Serena is likely to be dethroned from her top ranking by Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who Plíšková will face in Finals action at 16:00 US time (22:00 in the Czech Republic) on Saturday.

Plíšková had previously topped 6th-seeded Venus Williams earlier in the tournament, making this the second time both Williams sisters have been shocked by Czechs in the past month. The sisters also suffered a doubles loss to Lucie Šafářová & Barbora Strýcová in 2016 Olympics action last month.

Plíšková is the first Czech to reach the US Open final since Helena Suková in 1993, a span of almost the young star’s entire life.

Should she win, she’ll become the first Czech since Martina Navratilova in 1987, though Navratilova had become a US émigré by that point.

Czech tennis stars have been making a big splash this summer, following medal wins by many of the country’s stars at this year’s Olympic games in Rio.

In Olympics action, Šafářová & Strýcová topped country-mates Lucie Hradecká & Andrea Hlaváčková for a bronze medal in women’s doubles, while Hradecká & Radek Štěpánek won bronze in mixed doubles and Petra Kvitová took home the same in women’s singles. 

Would you like us to write about your business? Find out more