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Williams to Lose Number One Ranking

Serena Williams will lose her world number one spot when the rankings are updated on Monday after the American fell 6-2 7-6 to Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals of the US Open on Thursday night.

The result ends Williams bid to overtake Steffi Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks as the top-ranked player in the world, while the American also misses out on capturing a record-breaking 23rd major title.

Pliskova will take on Germany’s Angelique in Saturday’s final, with Kerber guaranteed to rise to the top of the world rankings on Monday regardless of the outcome of the final.

The men’s semi-finals will be played on Friday, with top seed, Novak Djokovic taking on Frenchman, Gael Monfils, while Stan Wawrinka battles Japanese superstar, Kei Nishikori.

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