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

Tennis US Open

In the third round, then 21-year-old Madison Keys rallied from 1-5 down in the third set to defeat 18-year-old Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to make her second consecutive Round of 16 at the US Open.

Keys will face Japan's Naomi Osaka, the No. 20 seed, in the semifinal.

Keys, who fired six aces and fended off both break point opportunities against her during the match, told reporters that adapting to Suarez Navarro's versatile play proved critical.

Together, Osaka and Nishikori are the first Japanese woman and man to reach the semifinals of the same Grand Slam.

It has already been a successful return to Flushing Meadows for Nishikori who missed the U.S. Open a year ago with a wrist injury that saw his ranking plunge and put him on the comeback trail that included playing Challenger-level tournaments.

To do it, Osaka, already the youngest Japanese woman in the Open Era to make a major semifinal and just the third Japanese woman to make a major semifinal, will have to find a way to solve Madison Keys. Sevastova ousted defending champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals and has never faced Williams.

Naomi Osaka made the semifinals with a win over Lesia Tsurenko.

"I think she can, you know, win a title now, even (a) Grand Slam". She has played 35 Grand Slam semifinals and won 30 of them.

'I mean, I think they really are different people, because the only similarity they have is that they kind of have the same hair, big hair, ' he said.

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.

For Osaka, who is 20, this is her first trip past the fourth round at a major.

Cilic won the first set 6-2 but Nishikori fought back to win the next two 6-4 7-6. Williams' serve has been excellent so far in NY and she has a healthy lead at the top of the ace race with 60. So far in this Open, she's held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she's dropped only one set thus far.

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

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.

"I hate matches like this", said Tsurenko. It's still long way to go, I think.

"I don't know why we always play five sets but it was good tennis".

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