Serena Williams of US hits a return against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during their 2016 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 5, 2016. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ
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Venus Williams went from down and out to a point from victory, then back again.It took her a while to finish off this one, despite going up an early break in the third set and leading 4-2 . Just as it seemed she would run away with it, Williams turned things around enough to go up 5-4 and hold a match point. After Pliskova frittered away one with a double-fault, Williams steeled herself and stepped up, smacking a volley winner, cross-court backhand winner and two forehand winners to break back for 6-all. "To be honest," Pliskova said, "it was really difficult ... when I lost my serve". Somehow, though, she pulled herself together enough to get through the tiebreaker as Williams faltered.
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