Serena Williams will not win her 24th grand slam title at the Australian Open this year.
Williams crashed out of the Australian Open at the quarter-final stage in striking circumstances on Wednesday.
A left ankle injury surely contributed to her squandering of a epic 5-1 advantage and four match points to Karolina Pliskova, although the 37-year-old played down the problem and its effect on the outcome.
“I don’t think it had anything to do with my ankle per se.
“I just think she was just nailing and hitting shots. Obviously I made some mistakes but she played really well after that,” Williams said afterwards.
The Czech, who also beat Williams at the 2016 US Open, prevailed 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a shade past two hours in Melbourne.