US Open: Serena Williams holds off Simona Halep to reach semi-finals


Serena Williams battled off a decided test from Simona Halep, bringing down the fifth-seeded Romanian 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Wednesday to achieve the US Open semi-finals. World number one Williams, looking for a record seventh US Open title and 23rd Grand Slam crown, let go 18 experts on the way to the triumph, which set up a Thursday meeting with first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova for a spot in Saturday's title match.

 However, she made her undertaking against the 2014 French Open finalist harder with 43 unforced blunders and Halep, terminating on all barrels from the standard exploited. The Romanian turned into the primary player in the competition to break Williams' serve, and the first to take a set off the top seed. Be that as it may, in the wake of neglecting to change over any of twelve break focuses in the second set, Williams recaptured control in the third with a break for 3-1 and steamed home from that point.

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"I knew I could play a ton better," Williams said of her dissatisfaction in a brief moment set that kept going 65 minutes. "She continued going for her shots – she ventured it up." Williams' semi-last against Pliskova guarantees more firecrackers. The tenth seeded Czech leads the WTA visit in experts this year. In the wake of surviving a match guide in transit toward a fourth-round triumph over Venus Williams, Pliskova beat 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2. "I'm so eager to be in my first semi-last," said Pliskova, who had neglected to make it out of the third round in 17 earlier Grand Slam appearances.

Having gotten through to the quarters she didn't squander her chance. With a fast break added to her repertoire in the opening amusement she could swing unreservedly and required only 57 minutes to stifle Konjuh, who annoy fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round. "I think it was the serve," said Pliskova, who completed off the match with two of her three pros. "My serve was great today." Konjuh, the 18-year-old who is anticipated to ascend from 92nd on the planet to 51, couldn't be disillusioned with her fortnight's work.

 "I can't be dismal after every one of this," she said. "When I came here I could just envision playing the quarters. I believe it's been an awesome competition." Regardless of her shortage of Grand Slam achievement, Pliskova is playing with certainty subsequent to winning her greatest title to date on the hard courts of Cincinnati. She beat Angelique Kerber in the last to deny the German world number two's offered to supplant Serena on the world rankings.

 Kerber, who booked her semi-last opening on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-0 triumph more than 2015 finalist Roberta Vinci, can at present bump Serena from the summit. Regardless of the result of Kerber's semi-last conflict with previous world number one Caroline Wozniacki, Serena should now achieve the last to extend her rule to a record-breaking 187 weeks. On the off chance that Kerber advances to the title match, Serena will need to beat her for a seventh US Open trophy to stay number one.

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