There’s no rest for Serena Williams. After fighting her way to the semifinals of the U.S. Open, the best tennis player in the world now faces Karolina Pliskova, the woman who eliminated Venus Williams! This is a can’t-miss match so click to watch.
Serena, 34, is two wins away from raising the U.S. Open trophy and avenging a year’s worth of heartache. First, she needs to face the No. 6 ranked player in the world. Serena will meet Karolina, 24, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sept. 8 for the epic semifinals of the 2016 U.S. Open. The winner advances to the big match while the loser goes home. The actions kicks off at 7:00 PM ET so be ready to watch.
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Serena faced her stiffest competition when she met Simona Halep, 24, in the quarterfinals. While Serena has dominated everyone, winning her prior four matches in two sets each, Simona fought back and forced a third set. Serena kept her cool and finished her off, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
“No drama tonight, no screaming,” Chris Evert, 61, tennis legend and former World No. 1, said, per The New York Times. “I just feel like she’s been pretty calm this tournament. She’s saved up a lot of emotional energy.” She’s going to need that energy, as she’s going up against Karolina and her massive serve. It’s the same move that helped boot Venus Williams, 36, from the tournament in the Fourth round. Karolina ultimately won, 4-6, 6-4, 7(7)-6(3).
Serena hopes to keep her No. 1 ranking, something she has held for 186 weeks (tying her with Steffi Graf, 47.) She and Steffi are also tied at 22 major tournament wins in the modern Open era, per USA Today. So while Serena’s not pursuing a Calendar Grand Slam, there’s still plenty at stake.
If she can get by Karolina, she may be in for the fight of her life. The winner of this match will face Angelique Kerber, 28, (Serena’s rival who will be the new No. 1 player if she loses) or the former World No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, 26. Either way, the finals will be one amazing match.
Who do you think is going to win this match, HollywoodLifers? Serena or Karolina?