No Williams clash after Venus upset
NEW YORK — Venus Williams went from downand-out to a point from victory, then back again. In the end, she couldn’t quite get past a woman a dozen years younger and never before at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.
Williams failed to convert a match point and lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10thseeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, despite vociferous support from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd down the stretch.
“I really played the perfect point there,” the sixthseeded Williams said about her chance to end things while up 5-4 in the third set and Pliskova serving at 3040, “and she managed to stay alive.”
At 36, Williams would have been the oldest woman to reach the quarterfinals at any major since Martina Navratilova was 37 at Wimbledon in 1994.
Williams made it that far at Flushing Meadows a year ago before losing to her younger sister Serena. This time, they had been on course for an all-in-thefamily showdown in the semifinals; Serena beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round for her 308th Grand Slam match victory, breaking a tie with Roger Federer for most in the Open era, which dates to 1968.
Also reaching the quarterfinals with a victory Monday was Simona Halep, who eliminated No. 11 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5. Now it’s 2014 French Open runner-up Halep’s turn to try to deal with the serve of Serena Williams, who reached a tournament-best 126 mph, delivered 11 aces and won 28 of 30 first-serve points against Shvedova.
In men’s action, No. 2 Andy Murray eased into the quarterfinals, beating No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Murray will face Kei Nishikori, who advanced by beating No. 21 Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Juan Martin del Potro became the lowest-ranked man in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 25 years, advancing when No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem stopped in the second set because of an injured right knee.
Venus Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova during Pliskova’s 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory Monday.