Osaka powers into U.S. Open semis by routing Tsurenko

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

At Tier 1, or the WTA's Premier Mandatory events - the highest level of women's singles tennis before Majors - Williams has made 32 finals over her career.

Madison Keys reached the semifinals at a second consecutive U.S. Open, beating No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-3.

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

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

That said, in Keys Osaka faces one of the few players capable of matching her blow for blow and not missing.

"But one person, it may seem, watched her a bit too closely, and that was French Open tournament director Bernard Giudicelli, who banned her Black Panther-inspired catsuit from "all future tournaments", saying she "...(had) to respect the game and the place".

She also has far more experience under her belt, having been to three semi-finals in the past five Slams and to the final in NY in 2017.

Keys has made it this far in a major for the fourth time in her career. Last year, it was Keys who froze up in the final against Stephens in the tournament final.

Osaka represents Japan and was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, but the family moved to NY when she was three before relocating to Florida five years later.

The victor of the Osaka-Keys showdown will face 23-time major champion Serena Williams or 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in Saturday's decider. She's two match wins away from tying Court at 24 Grand Slam titles, but the Open semifinals have been troublesome for the Compton legend in very recent times.




Nishikori raced into a 4-1 lead but Cilic broke back to take the set to 4-4.

"I think she can, you know, win a title now, even (a) Grand Slam. My entire body was shaking, but I was really glad I was able to play well today".

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

She becomes the first Japanese woman since Kimiko Date to reach the semis of a Slam.

Only once previously in the professional era, which began in 1968, did Japan have a men's and women's player in the quarterfinals at the same tournament.

"I was really nervous, I remember", said Nishikori of the Flushing final, the closest he's come to a major trophy.

Until Osaka's run this year, the best NY performance by a Japanese woman was 2004 when Shinobu Asagoe reached the quarterfinals.

Osaka celebrated her win calmly and cooly unlike the floods of tears which greeted her last-16 victory over Aryna Sabalenka.

"I felt good today". In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes.

Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second. She recovered to win in three sets, with her opponent accusing her after the match of acting.

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