The chance Pliskova spoke about did not go unnoticed by Williams. The match was on. "So I will enjoy this one". "You have to bring it every single point, every single game, until the match is literally over". She shrugged it off. With a hilarious facial expression, William made her way back to the tunnel giving us a moment to remember! She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots. The Czech lady held to reduce the tally to 3-5, while Serena lost four consecutive service points to lose her serve and the ninth game.
Two points from defeat, Pliskova produces an ace out wide.
Meanwhile, Serena didn't win another point on serve after the ankle roll.
Williams was rocked early in the piece when she offered a up a juicy break to Pliskova in her 50th quarter-final appearance.
"I rather think of it that way and know that it's going to happen sooner or later than making an excuse for myself. So I just kept going", Williams said. "I didn't do that really well in the last two rounds and I did that today so I'm really happy with the way I played".
The 23-time grand slam champion had to work her way from behind in a third-set stunner which left fans around the world on the edge of their seats. She was hitting the lines and went insane.
"So I'm still learning, which I think is, at my age and this point in my career, admirable and exciting. Game by game, I felt that my level is growing, and I had more confidence to go through it". Maybe this can be over, but let's just try this game. I was with the wind, which kind of helped me a little bit. "I tried to be consistent, it's unfortunate that she got injured but playing against her even when she was injured was still really tough", said the 21-year-old. I don't usually know until the next day.
"I think it's going to be the best comeback ever so far in my life".
"It's not like - yeah, I can't say that I choked on those match points". That's exactly what happened with Halep serving in the seventh game. Then suddenly I got a chance. Lot of things happen. The American took the initiative by using her power to force more out of the Romanian, drawing unforced errors from her which gave her the opening break.
Serena Williams, right, is congratulated by Romania's Simona Halep after winning their fourth round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne. And she will continue her chase for 24 at the French Open.
Her reward is a clash against Japan's Naomi Osaka for a place in the final, after the Japanese fourth seed brutally swatted aside the injured Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1. She is really good but unfortunately she was injured. "I don't like making excuses", she added.