Australian Open has its biggest comeback in women’s singles tennis match as the World No 7 Karolina Pliskova saved four match points in the final set to beat the seven-time champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinal encounter on Wednesday. The Czech star came back from 5-1 down to finish with 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 10 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.
Williams made a promising start in the third set with a 1-0 lead before the 26-year-old Czech sensation was making it 40-0 to level the game. Then the 23-time Grand Slam champion edged past Pliskova to 2-1 lead and went on to make a surefire 5-1 match point.
Pliskova kept the game alive with the good line to make it deuce. She took the game point for 5-2 with Williams hit into the net for a double fault.
Williams appeared to be struggling as she had little trouble with her ankle while running. She hit the net on occasions and squandered the match points to her opponent, relieving all the hopes for a 24th title.
In the final game, Plistova served strong to bag three match points of 30-0. Williams saved the first match point by forcing an unforced error but she failed to recover as she netted the next serve, blowing up the four match points.
Plistova secured the biggest comeback win in the tournament so far. She plays title favorite and US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinal on Thursday. Japanese star Osaka overcame Elina Svitolina 6-4,6-1 earlier in the day.