Venus Williams went from the brink to be only one point of victory. At the end, could not overcome a rival which is 12 years younger than her and who first was at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.
Venus Williams remained in the second round of the last grand slam of the year
Williams failed to convert a match point and lost on Monday 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) Czech Karolina Pliskova before the fourth round of the US Open, despite the deafening encouragement of the public in the stadium Arthur Ashe.
"The truth is that there played a perfect point and she was able to stay alive," said Williams, seeded sixth, on the chance that decided to certify the victory when was ahead 5-4 in the third set and pulled Pliskova with 30-40. "He learned to stay alive."
At 36, the American Williams had become the oldest player to access the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since Martina Navratilova, with 37 years, Wimbledon did in 1994.
Williams reached that round at Flushing Meadows last year, succumbing to her younger sister Serena. This time, the grieving family may have been in the semifinals. Serena played after Venus in the main field and dispatched 6-2, 6-3 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round to win number 308 in a Grand Slam, which he left behind Roger Federer realized more wins in the open era dating back to 1968.
Pliskova, seeded tenth, played his first game of the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam at age 24. Until this tournament, he failed to advance beyond the third round in 17 presentations within large appointments.
"I was prepared to play against Venus. It was difficult because everyone was supporting him," Pliskova, the leading female aces circuit in 2016 and served eight in the party he said.
But it took liquidating, although managed a break early in the third set and took the lead 4-2. When it seemed that it was assured, Williams responded, went ahead 5-4 and arranged a match point. But Pliskova neutralized him with a volley and then got another bold stroke point by a right.
He then broke to take advantage Pliskova 6-5 and had the serve to sentence, with three chances and 40-0. But Pliskova double-faulted and Williams sewed four points to equalize 6-6.
Somehow, Pliskova he not collapsed and managed to emerge triumphant in the tiebreaker.
"I lacked success in the tiebreak," Williams said.
Now Pliskova will face Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh, who advanced for the first time the quarterfinals of a major tournament surprise Radwanska Agnieszka (4th seed).
Konjuh, who is 18 and is at the 92nd place in the ranking, won 6-4, 6-4.
Romanian Simona Halep (5) will be the rival of Serena after beating 6-2, 7-5 to Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro (11).