NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Angelique Kerber has reached her third major final this year after dispatching Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at the U.S. Open. Kerber earned… - From The Big Story
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The 24-year-old Pliskova is in her first major semifinal, but she looked more relaxed than the 22-time Grand Slam champion in taking the opening set 6-2 in just 26 minutes Thursday, breaking Williams' serve twice.
One of the few players on tour who can come close to Williams in serving power, Pliskova had four aces and won 86 percent of the points on her first serve.
Murray and Soares, the Australian Open champs, posted a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the top-seeded team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who won Wimbledon this year after taking their first Grand Slam title in 2015 at Flushing Meadows.
Murray and Soares, who have never before played their finals opponent, are vying to become the first winners of multiple major titles in a season since Bob and Mike Bryan won all but the U.S.