Ok, Karolina Pliskova. Your turn. After Simona Halep tried…and failed…to take out the world’s best tennis player, Serena Williams, in the 2016 US Open quarterfinals, it is now time for the streaking Pliskova, who came into Flushing Meadow off a big title in Cincinnati, to get her chance to unseat The Queen. Despite blowing through Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-2 in the quarterfinals, the task of taking on Serena will be a very steep climb. Karolina does not move around the court as well as Simona Halep, who to her credit at least pushed Williams to a third set before Serena put her away, 6-2 4-6 6-3. But Pliskova does have a huge serve and big forehand. I don’t know if that will be enough against the world #1. That said, it was enough in Cincinnati against world #2 Angelique Kerber. Karolina is coming into her own as a player, fulfilling the promise many see in her. But I’ll have to see her beat Serena for me to believe she can really do it.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS d. 5 Simona Halep, 6-2 4-6 6-3
10 KAROLINA PLISKOVA d. Ana Konjuh, 6-2 6-2