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Serena lands US Open semi final spot

SPIRIT: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS displayed all her experience and fighting qualities to reach the US Open semi-finals. The American had to dig deep to beat Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3

Williams, seeded 17th, trailed 4-2 in the first set but hit back to win 6-4 6-3 against the Czech eighth seed. The American, 36, is seeking her first Grand Slam trophy since giving birth to daughter Olympia last September.

As she targets a record-breaking 24th singles title she admitted: "I don't think I have another 10 years of having opportunities to be able to play and win championships," said former world number one Williams. "Every match really means a lot to me. I kind of go out there and I just do the best that I can."

She now faces Williams faces Latvia's 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova, who knocked out American defending champion Sloane Stephens earlier in the week.

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