Brilliant Serena Williams wins eight games in a row to beat Karolina Pliskova

Serena Williams celebrates US Open

Serena Williams has moved into the semi-finals of the US Open after an emotional victory over Karolina Pliskova.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner was visibly emotional in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and had to recover from an early break that left her 4-2 down in the first set.

However, she won the next eight games in a row to go from 2-4 to 6-4 4-0 before eventually closing out a 6-4 6-3 win.

It was Williams’ 100th match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, more than anyone else in tennis history.

“I’m playing free,” she said. “I have nothing to prove and I’m just doing the best I can.

“I love this game and I just love playing.”

Williams will now play Anastasija Sevastova in the semi-finals after she ousted defending champions Sloane Stephens from the competition.

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