Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Sublime Serena storms into another US Open final

Sublime Serena storms into another US Open final

Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1.

Keys, who is also an Australian and French Open semifinalist, will face Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka for a spot in the decider.

"To break in both sets, having solid games there, was really important tonight", Keys said in her on-court post-match interview.

Keys, the runner-up to Sloane Stephens a year ago, takes a 3-0 record over Suarez Navarro into her quarter-final later Wednesday.

She now awaits the victor of Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka. "I'm only a few months in and really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year", Williams said.

The 29-year-old is in his third semi-final at the US Open and sixth at the majors. She recovered to win in three sets, with her opponent accusing her of acting after the match. With Suarez Navarro serving, the Spaniard took a 30-0 lead, but after a service error allowed Keys back in, she fought back to win a second set point and take the set, 6-4.

Only once had Japan had a man and woman reach the quarterfinals of the same major, and Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date both lost in that round at Wimbledon in 1995. I think I probably have a little bit more spin on the ball, but I think she takes time away really well.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high-80s (30s Celsius) but feeling some 10 degrees hotter with the humidity.

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On Wednesday, Osaka only needed 12 winners because a whopping 31 of her other points came via unforced errors by Tsurenko.

Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, said she enjoyed playing in the blistering heat of NY which has been such a talking point of the tournament.

"I hate matches like this", Tsurenko said.

Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old said she was nervous, claiming to be "freaking out inside" - though it certainly never showed.

"I was, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer", Djokovic said. 'They wanted to see me play and I wanted to give them the best that I can.

The Croat rebounded to take the fourth and the rollercoaster ride continued into the fifth with Nishikori grabbing the advantage with a break at 3-1 and taking Cilic's serve again with a blistering return victor to close out victory.

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