US Open -- Naomi Osaka reaches semifinals

Following these victories last night, Osaka and Keys meet in the second semi-final tonight, at 01:30 United Kingdom time, with Keys knowing that a victory here will enable her to defend last year's runner-up ranking points at the very least.

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.

History is on the line for 20-year-old Naomi Osaka on Thursday, as she bids to become the first Japanese woman to reach a major final in the Open Era.

Keys was the runner-up to Sloane Stephens at the U.S. Open in 2017, then lost to Stephens in the French Open semifinals this year.

Japanese players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are both thrilled to reach the last four.

Osaka was an easy victor in her quarterfinal, eliminating unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 in all of 57 minutes. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes. "Experience is good, but not having experience, if you're good enough, it shouldn't really matter", she said after that 2016 loss.

But this US Open represents new and still uncharted territory for Williams, and nobody - least of all Serena - will say she's back until. she's back.

Sevastova looks to be in deep trouble from the get-go, because she's never felt the weight of Williams' shots or the unrelenting pressure her aggressive play applie.

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Meanwhile, Nishikori's victory over Marin Cilic was seen as sweet revenge for the 2014 US Open final, which ended in victory for the giant Croat.

Bajin faced the media after Osaka's latest win and was asked to compare his current charge with the 23-time Grand Slam champion, and offered a fascinating insight into how he hopes she develops.

Tsurenko laboured 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. So far in this Open, she's held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she's dropped only one set thus far.

The first meeting between these two young big-hitters came two years ago on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I hate matches like this", Tsurenko said. "I didn't want to show this kind of game in front of this big crowd, but unfortunately I'm just not able to play now".

Nishikori next faces Novak Djokovic, while Osaka will play Madison Keys from the US.

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

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