The final Grand Slam of the year – US OPEN is nearing its end and once again we will witness a new champion in the ladies singles section. Serena Williams was stunned by Karolína Plíšková of Czech Republic in a match that was mired by Williams’ injury. But we cannot take away the credit from the 24 year old who displayed a nearly flawless 85 minutes of tennis to reach her first major Final. The best part of the match for me was the way Pliskova judged Serena Williams’ serve, a trick that the American has always applied to defeat her opponent. After this loss, Serena is now tied with German Great Steffi Graf for the record of Open era Slams at 22. She also lost her world No. 1 ranking, for the first time in 186 weeks — another record she now must share with Graf. Serena’s left knee was surely troubling her throughout the match as she was visibly slow on court and limping towards the end. She perhaps did not get much time to recover after her marathon Quarterfinals against Simona Halep.
Pliskova on the other hand is playing perhaps the best tennis of her life and her fearless attitude on court has made her reach where she has. Her quick movement and correct judgment on court is impeccable and she is one step from what could be her best moment ever. The Czech Player is also only the third woman to beat both the Williams’ sisters at the US Open. (Pliskova earlier outclassed Venus Williams.). Karoline Pliskova has lost just one set en route to her final and has defeated players like kenn, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and also ended Ana Konjuh’s dream run in the tournament.
Career Highlights of Pliskova
- Plíšková has won six singles and five doubles titles on theWTA tour
- She also won ten singles and six doubles titles on theITF circuit in her career.
- She reached her best singles ranking of world number 7 in August 2016.
- On 26 June 2016, she peaked at world number 19 in the doubles rankings.
- As a junior, Plíšková won thegirls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open,
- Plíšková and her sister Kristýna became the first twin sisters to win a doubles title in WTA history in 2013.
Pliskova will face Angelique Kerber in the finals. Angelique Kerber is the new world number one and has reached her third major final this year… She is having the best time on tour and is a red hot favorutie to win the title. She was world number 10 at the beginning of the season trailing Serena by 6,355 points and by the end of the season she now leads the American with 980 points. She defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the semis to make it to the final. Kerber did not have much trouble in beating her Danish Opponent. Kerber won in straight sets.
The experience surely is on the German’s side, with Kerber having already won Australian open this year. She has not been really tested throughout the tournament (She has not dropped a set yet) and is looking fit and ferocious with each progressing match. En route to her finals, Kerber has beaten some top notch players like last year’s runner up Vinci and Two times Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova. Her toughness and determination will be a key to the way she plays in the final. The 28 year old however needs to focus on her game and not get lost in the glory of being the World number one. She by no means can take Pliskova lightly and need to attack her serve from the word go. History is in the offering for Kerber as she is eyeing to be the first German after Steffi Graf to win the US OPEN. (Graf won her last US Open in 1996) The final will be the match of big serves and baseline play. All in all, we can expect a mouthwatering clash to end the Grand Slam season this year.
Interesting fact- Karoline Ploskvoa beat Angelique Kerber in the Cincinati open to snatch the world number one ranking from her…and she is the one who handed it over to her by beating Serena Williams at the US Open