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Serena Williams knocked out of US Open

Serena Williams lost her world number one ranking after defeat in the US Open. Credit: Reuters

Serena Wiliams will have to wait for a record-breaking 23rd grand slam title after the American endured a shock US Open defeat to Karolina Pliskova.

Williams stood two victories away from beating Steffi Graf's Open-era best 22 major triumphs but her charge was ended by Pliskova, who who won 6-2 7-6 (7/5).

The disappointment is doubled for Williams as it means she will also surrender the world number one ranking at the end of the tournament to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Pliskova will now face either Kerber or Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in her first grand slam final on Saturday.

Murray congratulated by the Duke and Duchess

William and Kate cheered on Murray during the game Credit: APTN

Andy Murray has the royal seal of approval on his Wimbledon victory after he was congratulated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate, who had been watching from the royal box, told him: "Many congratulations, it was a great game."

William said: "So pleased for you, well done," and Kate added: "You can relax with your family now."

Murray also spoke to actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter.

He then went out on to the club balcony, where a cheering crowd of waiting tennis fans saw the triumphant Scot hold the trophy aloft for them.

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