Pliskova ‘played her best tennis ever’, says Serena post Australian Open ouster

Australian Open: Serena Williams and Milos Raonic crash out, Novak Djokovic advances

Australian Open: Serena Williams and Milos Raonic crash out, Novak Djokovic advances

It was a gut-wrenching defeat for Williams, who battled back from a set down and was leading 5-1 in the third and serving for the match, only to throw it away with some wild shots as frustrations bubbled to the surface. Bajin says fourth-seeded Osaka is capable of anything, and showed in NY that she had something special. But Pliskova made it impossible for the American to do that.

The American's hopes of matching Margaret Court's all-time record of Grand Slam singles titles, and claiming a first since becoming a mother in 2017, were denied once more, after she also lost in finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open previous year. "It's a great story, and how she is tough and how she play now, it's just fantastic".

"Both of them play so fast, I think it's going to be about who has the bigger heart". I beat her before. I knew I'm going to have my chances.

On Wednesday there were no such displays, but it was apparent that the sequence of the foot fault - a relatively rare infraction called for the first time on either player in the match - followed by the ankle injury marked a turning point.

Williams has now lost two Grand Slam finals and a semi-final since she returned from maternity leave 10 months ago.

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And, lo and behold, in 2013, she ended her 11-year wait for a second triumph in Paris, just as she'd hoped. From that moment on it was one-sided domination.

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The 2016 U.S. Open finalist played five matches en route to her title win in Brisbane before pulling out of the Sydney International warm-up event before arriving at Melbourne Park.

"She's incredible. She's an wonderful human being".

Despite the Ukrainian suffering, it was nevertheless a serious statement from the steely-eyed Osaka, who was playing the sort of tennis which drove her to the US Open title. Pliskova, by comparison, had already played and won the Brisbane International this season before getting four more matches under her belt prior to Wednesday's shock. At Roland Garros she got injured and at Wimbledon she was outplayed in the final by Angelique Kerber. She's proved she can beat the best, be very close to the best. "My wife decided "she can come to our house", and we prepare everything for her and I was being her chauffeur for the (medical appointments)". She's certainly got the game and the attitude to be able to take it to anyone.

"But, yeah, for me right now I just try to keep looking forward. It wasn't the same when she wasn't here". "But playing against her injured was really tough". This was an enormous collapse by anyone's standards, the kind once associated with the late Jana Novotna, and unique for Williams since she became a great champion. "I think he's playing perfectly good".

"I don't know that either!"

"She really played unbelievable tennis today, as well".

Williams, of course, was on the receiving end of Osaka's brilliance in NY last September, when the youngster's magnificent maiden victory in a major final was cruelly overshadowed by her opponent's extraordinary row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. She hinted at this later, and at her relative lack of matchplay, saying: 'It's little things like I used to do, always do.

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