US Open -- Naomi Osaka reaches semifinals

09 September, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Madison Keys celebrates after her 6-4 6-3 U.S. Open quarterfinal victory Wednesday night

Novak Djokovic put aside all of it, from his opponent's unheard-of, middle-of-a-set chance to change out of sweat-soaked clothes and shoes, to consecutive time violations because he let the serve clock expire, to the 16 break points he wasted.

Roger Federer's assessment after his first-round victory was: "This, to me, seems the slowest U.S. Open we've seen in years". She was really good with her serve.

Naomi Osaka of Japan greets the audience after winning the women's singles semi-final match against Madison Keys of the United States, at the 2018 US Open in NY, the United States, Sept. 6, 2018.

She meets 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams at 21:00 BST on Saturday. She also had three break points in the sixth game of the set, but could not capitalize against the 20-year old.

She's the only member of that quartet who made it back.

Francesca Schiavone has retired from tennis after a career in which she won the French Open title and three Fed Cup championships with Italy.

Tennis is not as big in Japan as baseball, soccer or sumo, but Osaka's 6-2 6-4 semi-final win over Keys made the front pages of major local newspapers on Thursday - although it was dwarfed by news of the quake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido earlier that day.

Osaka also has a strong attachment to Japanese culture, describing her visits to the country as like a "super-awesome extended vacation that I don't want to leave", according to media reports.

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Madison Keys of the United States hits a return during the women's singles semi-final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan, at the 2018 US Open in NY, the United States, Sept. 6, 2018.

Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, routing Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 earlier Wednesday.

Tsurenko didn't appear bothered by the conditions, but whether it was her health or just first-time jitters, she was off from the minute she stepped onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. For men's singles matches, the break would come between the third and fourth sets.

Nishikori missed last year's U.S. Open with torn tendons in his right wrist. Quarters was sort of my mental goal, like every time I played a Grand Slam.

Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, just after beating Millman 6-2, 6-1 at Queen's Club in their only previous meeting.

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

The final will be played at 5:00 a.m. Japan time on Sunday and even if she fails to pull off a stunning victory, the Asahi newspaper believes Osaka's U.S. Open run could hail the beginning of a generational shift in women's tennis.

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