Williams upset in US Open semifinals by Pliskova

Serena Williams (R) of the US and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic pose before the start of their 2016 US Open Womens Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2016.        (Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams (R) of the US and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic pose before the start of their 2016 US Open Womens Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2016. (Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was upset in the U.S. Open semifinals for the second year in a row, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Williams, who clutched at her left hamstring occasionally in the second set, double-faulted to end it.

The loss prevents Williams from earning her seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and 23rd major title overall, which would both have been Open-era records.

It also means Williams’ 3½-year reign at No. 1 in the WTA rankings will end. She will be overtaken on Monday by current No. 2 Angelique Kerber, who plays Caroline Wozniacki in Thursday’s second semifinal.

A year ago, Williams’ bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam ended when she lost in the U.S. Open semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy in the semifinals.

Pliskova advances to her first major final.

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  • Serena Williams - Karolina Pliskova

    It wasn’t expected for Karolina Pliskova to win yesterday’s game played in the US Open 2016 tournament. Ranked as #11 in ATP, K. Pliskova applied successfully her strengths and scored a well deserved victory against Serena Williams. I am happy to see her to move further in the tournament and rankings.