NEW YORK — A look at Thursday’s play in the $46.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:
WEATHER: Sunny, hot and humid. High of 88.
RESULTS (Women’s Semifinals): First-time major semifinalist Karolina Pliskova upset six-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams 6-2, 7-6 (5), ending Williams’ chance to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Pliskova will face No. 2 Angelique Kerber for the title Saturday. Kerber beat two-time U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 and will ascend to the No. 1 ranking Monday.
ON COURT FRIDAY (Men’s Semifinals): No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 10 Gael Monfils, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 6 Kei Nishikori.
STAT OF THE DAY: 309 — The number of weeks Serena Williams has been ranked No. 1 on the WTA Tour until Monday, when she will be surpassed by Angelique Kerber.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If I can’t turn around after 24 hours and play again then I shouldn’t be on tour. So I definitely wasn’t tired from yesterday’s match at all.” — Serena Williams
FRIDAY ON TV (All Times EDT): Noon-2 p.m., ESPN2; 3-11 p.m., ESPN
ON THIS DATE (Sept. 9, 1968): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the first U.S. men’s singles title of the Open era.