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NEW YORK -- A year after she was stunned in a US Open semifinal, it happened again to Serena Williams. Youth Sharks Jerseys .This time the upset was crafted by No. 10 seed?Karolina Pliskova, a hard-hitting 24-year-old from the Czech Republic, who ended Williams most recent run at history 6-2, 7-6 (5).Williams, who double-faulted on match point, said her left knee, which she thought was injured during a second-round match, was a factor Thursday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Im not going to sit here and make an excuse, the 34-year-old Williams said.Williams coach wasnt so diplomatic.Since the start, it was terrible, Patrick Mouratoglou said. She was slow, very, very slow. Much slower than usual.Mouratoglou said the injury obviously affected Williams on the court, and she tried to compensate by playing a riskier style than usual.At the end she tried to go for the winner on every shot, Mouratoglou said. This with an injury. Even if she wins the second [set], its not the point; shes not going to win the third. She cannot move. There is no match.While Williams is acknowledged to have the greatest serve ever in the womens game, it was second best against Pliskova, who had seven aces and won 84 percent of her first-serve points.America probably hates me because I beat Venus and Serena, Pliskova said after the match.Pliskova became only the fourth singles player to beat Serena and Venus Williams in the same Grand Slam event. The others --?Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin -- all retired as multimajor champions.Serena Williams vigorously disputed the idea she was tired after playing her quarterfinal match Wednesday.My mind was just a little bit everywhere, but it was what it was, Williams said. Yeah, serious left knee problems. But fatigue had nothing to do with it. If I was tired, I need to find a new career.I definitely was not beat up after my quarterfinal match.Pliskovas performance belied her experience. She was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, while it was Williams?33rd.I had a goal today: to beat Serena, Pliskova said in her on-court interview. And thats what I did.I dont believe it. Actually, I do believe it. I knew I could beat anyone if Im playing my game.The tantalizing laundry list of lifetime achievements Williams had within her reach -- an Open-era record 23 Grand Slam titles and an unprecedented seventh US Open championship -- will have to wait until next year.The No. 1 ranking, which she has held for 186 consecutive weeks, will now go to Angelique Kerber when the new rankings are released Monday.According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Pliskova entered the match as a more than 4-to-1 underdog.Pliskova will meet the No. 2-seeded Kerber, who defeated?Caroline Wozniacki?6-4, 6-3?in the second semifinal, in the Saturday afternoon championship final.Williams looked flat and uninspired throughout the match, possibly due to the fact she was playing for a second consecutive night. Ultimately, that was her responsibility. She asked the USTA to schedule her first match for last Tuesday, which meant playing the quarterfinals and semifinals on successive nights.Coming off a difficult match with No. 5 seed Simona Halep that she won in three sets, Williams?hit only 20 winners, as opposed to 31 unforced errors, on Thursday. She also had a difficult time reading Pliskovas serve.If Im a professional and I cant recover, well thats that, Williams said.Information from ESPNs Jane McManus was used in this report. Kevin Labanc Jersey . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. Dylan DeMelo Jersey . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. 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Wests Tigers have produced one of the upsets of the NRL season, with Mitchell Moses leading the joint venture to a memorable 26-14 win over North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval.Minus halfback Luke Brooks on Sunday against a Cowboys side boosted by the return of superstar Johnathan Thurston from a hamstring injury, the Tigers were deserved four-tries-to-two winners.Sauaso Sue crashed over seven minutes from fulltime to seemingly give the Tigers the win before Ethan Lowe hit back for the visitors.James Tedesco then scored one of the individual tries of the season, beating at least six defenders on his way to the line in the final minute to push the Tigers into the top eight for the first time since early in the season.The loss tips premiers the Cowboys out of the top four with four rounds to play until the finals.Thurston was a late inclusion for the round-22 clash and while he tried hard to spark his side, he was well below his usual sparkling form.In comparision, Moses led the Tigers brilliantly in attack and was stoic in defence as the Robbie Farah-less Wests claimed their best win of the season to stay in finals contention.The home side opened the scoring in the sixth minute wwhen Kevin Naiqama pounced on a Moses kick that was deflected off Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote. Logan Couture Jersey. 19th-minute Moses penalty goal put the Tigers further ahead before the Cowboys opened their account as Thurston grubbered behind Wests defensive line for Kane Linnett.David Nofoaluma put the Tigers ahead again in the 31st minute when he forced his way through three Cowboys defenders.Another Moses penalty goal two minutes from the break gave the home side a six-point buffer at halftime.For most of the bruising second half, the only points were from penalty goals through Moses in the 62nd minute and Thurston in the 67th minute.But then the Tigers forced a late dropout and after the visitors went short with the restart, giving the home side great field position, Sue crashed over.Lowe kept the Cowboys in the hunt before Tedesco sealed the win.North Queensland are now 1-9 at Leichhardt.The Cowboys have won three from 10 away from home this year.Thurston is winless from five games at the suburban venue and 0-12 at Sydney venues against the Tigers. Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '