Scot in Grand Slam final

Murray and Soares in doubles final

jamie-murray-serbiaTennis – US Open: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares won through to the men’s doubles final after beating defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France.

The Scot and his Brazilian partner triumphed 7-5 4-6 6-3 to set up a potential second Grand Slam title of the year after they lifted the Australian Open in January.

Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez face fellow Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second semi-final.

It is a fourth Grand Slam final for Murray in the last six tournaments and tonight’s victory was sweet revenge for losing to the same pair in last year’s US Open final. On that occasion, he partnered Australian John Peers.

Serena Williams was knocked out by Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova who will face Angelique Kerber in the final.

Pliskova’s straight sets victory ended the American’s reign as world number one. Williams double-faulted on match point to lose 6-2 7-6 (7-5), which means Kerber, who beat Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3, will take over at the head of the rankings.

Williams is tied with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles and for a record of 186 successive weeks as world number one.

By contrast, it is the first time Pliskova has made it past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Victory in the final will result in four different Grand Slam champions in the women’s singles this year. Winners so far are: Kerber (Australian), Garbiñe Muguruza (French), Williams (Wimbledon).

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