Serena Williams into US Open final with emphatic win over Anastasija Sevastova

07 September, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Japan's Naomi Osaka

Williams walked off Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl to await the victor of the other semi-final between Japan's Naomi Osaka and American Madison Keys, who lost last year's final to Sloane Stephens.

Osaka, who was born in Japan but moved to the U.S.at age 3, was followed at Arthur Ashe Stadium by Kei Nishikori, who beat Marin Cilic in a men's quarterfinal.

It was odd to note that Sevastova, at 18 in the world, is ranked eight places above Williams, but the American - like her friend Tiger Woods - is climbing back to her best.

She was quickly down two more breaks at 4-0 before squandering three break points in the sixth game as Osaka glided into a maiden semi-final at the Slams. "Juan Martin is a great player everywhere, but the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay", said Nadal who will be playing in a seventh semi-fnal in NY.

"Long, but not too long", the 13-time Grand Slam victor added.

US Open 2018, Women's singles semi-finals Live: Serena Williams, who is gunning for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, and rising Japanese talent Naomi Osaka are each a win away from meeting in what could prove to be a fascinating U.S. Open women's final.

'I've been working hard on my volleys and I have won a few doubles championships so I know how to volley, I usually just come in to shake hands and knew if I wanted to have a chance I had to come in (to the net).

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Keys has beaten Osaka all three times they have met, including this year at the French Open and two years ago at the US Open, when she came back after trailing 5-1 in the third set. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year.

"Today was not my day, obviously", Tsurenko said.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Osaka had consecutive 50-minute matches earlier in the tournament, including a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round. She then dealt with complications related to blood clots.

The 23-year-old thinks she is more equipped than ever to deal with important moments on important stages.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the 30s C, but feeling much hotter due to the humidity. I think she can win a title now. "I wasn't nervous before the match, but as soon as I got into the court, it was different".

On creating history, Osaka added: "I just try to play one match at a time and I'm just grateful people were cheering for me".

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