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NEW YORK -- Venus Williams stood on the floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday afternoon with a guttural roar rising all around her. Womens Honduras Jerseys . The racket dangled loosely in her right hand alongside her thigh, a sheen of perspiration on her upturned face. She savored the approval of the crowd and took a moment to drink it all in, having just arrived at match point late in the third set of her fourth-round dispute with US Open No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova.Across the net, Pliskova felt very lonely.But at least I have my serve, she remembered thinking. So at least something was on my side. I was just thinking, I have to go. I have to put everything into this point. And yeah, I made it.Dismissing the match point enabled Pliskova to hold serve for 5-all in the final set, and from there, she went on to win the 2-hour, 24-minute barnburner 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).The match will be remembered by many spectators as a heartbreaker and the long moment when a courageous, boundary-shattering, exemplary woman and uber-athlete of 36 was denied a thoroughly deserved win. It will seem to some that justice, even if only the poetic variety, was not served.But looking at it that way is the real injustice, and Williams would be the first to tell you that. She had a wonderful time. She acquitted herself beautifully in her own eyes. The love showered upon her by the crowd was inspirational. She said, It was a high-, high-quality match. Its such an amazing feeling. I enjoyed every single moment of that.Pliskova arrived in New York with a hot hand, having logged back-to-back wins over No. 3 Garbine Muguruza and No. 2 Angelique Kerber in winning Cincinnati. But she was carrying some heavy baggage too, in the form of a growing reputation as a Grand Slam underachiever. Ranked No. 11 (and as high as No. 7 in the past), Pliskova was the only member of the top 20 who had not been as far as the fourth round at a major. Her record at Grand Slams before the Williams match: 16-17.The first two women Pliskova had beaten had an average ranking of No. 217. Williams had two US Open titles and a 74-14 record at Flushing Meadows. Speculating on what she might do to Pliskova in the cauldron of Ashe was an ugly enterprise.But one counterintuitive factor escaped everyones attention: In many of the ways that count, the 36-year-old Williams and the 24-year-old from the Czech Republic are mirror images. It was suggested in their previous meeting. They played in Zhuhai, where Williams won in just more than two grueling hours 7-5, 7-6 (6).Like Williams, Pliskova is a lean 6-foot-1. The engine driving her game is a big serve. (They cracked eight aces apiece in Mondays match.) Pliskova leads the WTA Tour in aces. Williams and Pliskova both whale on the ball off the ground, looking to force the action, open the court and create an opportunity to move forward. Each of them is a glutton for pace, giving and taking it with gusto. Williams might be the greater athlete, but age is a great leveler.The similarity between the women also might explain why the match was played in such an air of poise and dignity. Both women wore their hair pulled back and out of the way. They wore understated tennis dresses. Neither of them indulged in fist-pumping or emotional outbursts, even in the most pumped-up or emotional moments.The factors holding Pliskova back have been largely mental; the one quality she doesnt share with Williams is that basic champions cocktail of will, talent and confidence. But she might be getting there. The win Monday certainly shatters memories of numerous Grand Slam embarrassments from the past.Yeah, I hope they will stop [talking about my Grand Slam failures], Pliskova said. Even if they will discuss in the future, I dont care.Its a reasonable stance, given how this match played out. Pliskova started slowly. She spotted Williams the first set after falling behind 3-0. It looked like a blowout might be in the works when Williams went ahead 3-1 in the second set, but Pliskova broke right back, and from that point, it was game on. Her own serve improved, and Williams began making errors off the ground.Still, Williams reached match point at 4-5, 30-40 in the third set. While the crowd roared, Pliskova held counsel with her serve and then decided to go to the forehand. She tagged a good one. Williams belted it back. Pliskova hammered out a sharp reply and moved in to finish the point with a forehand volley.The threat was neutralized, and Williams was never again in position to win. But she had no regrets about how the match point played out.She had a great serve. She hit another great shot, and I still played a great defensive shot, Williams said. I did the best I could on that. Whenever you have a match point on someone elses serve, its a little bit of an asterisk. I really have no regrets on that.Indeed, Williams had no reason to regret anything -- not on this day, not in this tournament and perhaps not in her career. That career, incidentally, is still a work in progress. Williams said so, and Pliskova endorsed her desire to continue.I still have the feeling she can play for so many years because shes moving so well, Pliskova said. I remember her. I was [a] little girl watching her, obviously Serena, on TV. They are still playing. They are still playing the best tennis ever. Its amazing. Cheap Honduras Soccer Jerseys . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. Honduras Jerseys From China . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end.Leicester host Southampton knowing that another big win would keep them ahead of the chasing pack - and the action is live on Super Sunday on Sky Sports 1 from 12.30pm. Claudio Ranieris team start the weekend five points clear of second-placed Tottenham with seven games remaining and, with his confidence sky-high, Jamie Vardy, who has 21 goals for club and country this term, will be looking to score in a third straight game.The 29-year-old strikers impressive displays against Germany and the Netherlands likely cemented his place in Roy Hodgsons squad for Euro 2016 and Vardy can now turn his attention to the final weeks of Leicesters astonishing bid to win their first top-flight title. Jamie Vardy was on target for England against Germany and the Netherlands Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for the Foxes, with the visitors having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places.However, Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning their last three games 1-0. Team newsJeff Schlupp is a doubt for Leicester with a knee problem. The utility player suffered the injury on international duty with Ghana and could miss out when the Saints come to the midlands.Ranieri has no other injury worries although Matty James is unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury which has kept him out for almost a year. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri got an unusual present at his latest news conference. Southamptons Shane Long is doubtful for the game. The striker scored from the penalty spot in the Republic of Irelands 2-2 draw against Slovakia on Tuesday before going off with a knee problem, so will be assessed after training on Saturday.Saints manager Ronald Koeman has no other injury concerns.Opta stats Leicester are five points clear of second placed Tottenham ahead of the weekend fixtures Leicester have won only one of their last eightt top-flight contests against Southampton (D4 L3). Cheap Football Honduras Jerseys. Southamptons only win away to Leicester in the Premier League came in December 2001, winning 4-0 at Filbert Street (D2 L6).The Foxes have 41 more points from 31 Premier League games this season (66) compared to last season (25). They were also bottom of the league after playing 31 in 2014/15.The last three Premier League meetings between these two sides have seen a player score a brace (Vardy in October, Riyad Mahrez last May and Long in November 2014). Ronald Koemans Southampton have lost just one of the last five Premier League away games Leicester have won 12 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League home games (D5).The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games at the King Power Stadium.Mahrez has scored more winning goals in the Premier League than any other player this season (7).Southampton have scored more headed goals than any other team (12) in the Premier League this season. Jamie Redknapp gives his thoughts ahead of Super Sunday Mersons predictionThis is a hard one for Leicester. In fact, I think their next three games are their hardest. People talk about their last three but if they put these three to bed they might not have to worry about the last three. Paul Merson expects Shane Long to cause Leicester some problems Southampton are a decent side, Shane Long will cause problems, and Leicester will have to attack. The pressure has been getting to Leicester a bit, they havent been great lately and they have just got over the line in a few games, but if they can win the next three they would put it to bed.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bets odds: 5/1)You can watch Leicester in action against Southampton at the King Power Stadium, live on Super Sunday. By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. 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