Serena Williams enters the semifinals of the US Open with consecutive sets beating Karolina Pliskova
- Serena Williams defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in the US Open quarterfinals
- The American roared from 4-2 down to claim the first set
- 36 years will play Anastasija Sevastova in semifinals on Thursday
James Dutton for Mailonline
Serena Williams roared in her twelfth semifinal of the US Open on Tuesday night as her quest to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles was still ongoing.
The local favorite took eight games in a row to recover from an early break in the first set and secure a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No.8 seed Karolina Pliskova.
She will play against the seed n. 19, Anastasija Sevastova, in the semi-final on Thursday, after winning her 14th quarter-final in a Major at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Serena Williams raises her arms in celebration after beating Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3
The American roars on her way to the semifinals of the US Open on Tuesday night
It was a nervous start for Williams, who after saving two break points in his second service game found the net in the third to give his Czech opponent an early break.
The six-time champion produced an excess of errors in the early stages before settling back to 4-4 with some monstrous ground shots.
And after claiming the last two games in the first, she continued on a similar line in the second, breaking Pliskova to 0 in the second game and moving 4-0 up.
Pliskova broke with Williams failing double to 30-40.
And the American had to get to the bottom of her reserve wells in her next service game, falling 0-40 down before saving four break points to advance to a decisive 5-2 lead.
Pliskova kept the serve, but Williams served emphatically for the first win over an opponent in the top 10 since January 2017.
Williams roared from 4-2 down in the first set to win eight consecutive games
Pliskova had the best of the first exchanges, before Williams returned in style