US Open Semifinals: Who can spoil an All-American final?

Virginia Santiago
September 7, 2018

She's the only member of that quartet who made it back to that round, using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

Osaka set a personal milestone by securing her first grand slam semifinal, and brought some pride to her home nation by becoming the first Japanese woman to advance to the final four of a slam tournament in two decades. The one Naomi endured was inflicted by Keys here in 2016, when the American came roaring back from a 5-1 deficit in the third set of their third-round clash to beat then-18-year-old Osaka.

Sevastova, meanwhile, had never been beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam before this year's US Open and indeed had reached that stage only once.

The 20th-seeded Osaka, who won her first career title only in March this year at Indian Wells, had reached the fourth round of Australian Open earlier this year, which was her highest showing at a Grand Slam till Wednesday.

'But even on court, Serena is very aggressive, you know, and Naomi, I have to push her to get a fist pump out of her.

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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. But I think [basically] she's more of a power player than I am.

"I feel like I learned a lot the match I played here two years ago, which people keep bringing up", Osaka said.

Williams first won at the U.S. Open in 1999 and has won the tournament six times.

The next obstacle standing between Williams and a ninth trip to the final is rejuvenated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in Thursday's first semi-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, before Osaka faces 2017 runner-up Madison Keys.

Osaka said she has tried to keep this tournament business-like as she navigates her way through the draw, but her triumph in NY is not just about advancing her career. An appearance in the Wimbledon final followed, and Slam No. 24 is once again within reach in Flushing Meadows.

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This one wasn't exactly simple for Djokovic: He only converted four of 20 break points. "It's incredible", said Djokovic. 'I've watched all of her matches in the US Open this year.

"I don't know why we always play five sets but it was good tennis". "Just trying to find a way to hang in there".

There were no breaks until 5-4 in the opening set, when Keys piled pressure on the Suarez Navarro serve.

But he broke back in the match's next-to-last game, then served out the victory at love.

"I really don't think it's that hot, sorry".

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