History made, history denied: All the highlights and numbers from day nine of US Open 2016 - Firstpost

History made, history denied: All the highlights and numbers from day nine of US Open 2016

New York: US Open headlines and sidelines on Thursday, the 11th day of the 2016 tournament at Flushing Meadows:


Serena Williams' history bid ended by Karolina Pliskova

American star suffers knee injury

Angelique Kerber takes world number one spot, faces Pliskova in final

Serena Williams. AP

Serena Williams. AP

Who's saying what

"America probably hates me because I beat both Williams sisters but I'm excited."

- Karolina Pliskova after defeating Serena Williams

"I'm not talking about the number one. Thank you."

- Serena Williams after her defeat

"I'm a professional. If I feel tired then I shouldn't be out there."

- Serena Williams suffered an injury on court

"I actually didn't have any breakfast. I woke up at 1:00, so I went straight to the lunch."

- Pliskova had a relaxed build-up

Karolina Pliskova. AFP

Karolina Pliskova. AFP


Like father, like son

There was a familiar-looking face out on Court 17 where Sebastian Korda, son of 1988 Australian Open champion and two-time US Open quarter-finalist Petr Korda, was playing in the junior boys event. The 16-year-old is not the only sporting figure in the Korda family. Sister Jessica, 23, plays on the LPGA golf tour where she has won four titles and more than $2 million. Sebastian was defeated in third round on Thursday, losing in three sets to Yosuke Watanuki of Japan.

Murray reaches final

Andy Murray may have lost in the quarter-final to Kei Nishikori, but brother Jamie restored family honour by reaching the men's doubles final with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares. They shocked top seeded French duo and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The Frenchmen are also the Wimbledon champions, while Murray and Soares triumphed at the Australian Open in January.

Spaniard and Spaniard face Spaniard and Spaniard

Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. AP

Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. AP

There was guaranteed to be a Spanish team in the men's doubles, with Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez facing Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in the semi-finals. Carreno Busta and Garcia-Lopez came out on top 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Garcia and Mladenovic put Rio behind them

French women's doubles pair of Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia put their Rio Olympic controversy behind them to make the US Open final by beating Martina Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4. The French duo had been suspended by their federation after criticising officials over a mix-up in their playing gear at the Games where they said they were not made aware that players must appear in similar coloured clothing.

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