Serena Williams advances to US Open final

Serena Williams advances to US Open final

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

Tsurenko got his first break points of the match at 4-1 in the second set but Osaka saved all three to put herself on the brink of the semi-finals.

Just seven months and seven tournaments removed from returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Williams was back at her best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th seeded Latvian and reach her 31st grand slam final.

Newly minted U.S. Open semifinalist Naomi Osaka grew up on Long Island until she was 9, but tennis fans wouldn't be able to tell that by simply watching her on the court.

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For Osaka, her victory is the latest milestone in a watershed year for the 20-year-old who won her first WTA Tour title in Indian Wells, Calif., in March.

As with Osaka, this is Sevastova's first Slam semi-final, and it will be anyone's guess as to how much the stage will affect her, but what I do know is that if she plays as she has done throughout the event, she'll give Serena a decent match, at the very least.

It was a case of sweet revenge for Kei Nishikori as he outlasted Marin Cilic on Wednesday, four years after losing to the Croatian player in the final of the US Open.

Nishikori leads head to head meetings 8-6, he won the last match played at 2018 Monte Carlo semifinals in three sets. That win was followed by a 4-6 6-1 6-2 comeback victory against Ekaterina Makarova and a seesawing triumph against seventh seed Elina Svitolina who she bested 6-3 1-6 6-0.

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Osaka had reached the Australian Open last 16 in January in her previous best run at the majors.

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

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high 80s but feeling about 10 degrees hotter with the humidity.

'It's honestly incredible (a year ago) I was fighting literally for my life in the hospital after I had the baby so every time I step on court I am grateful for the opportunity to play this sport, every time I play I feel like I've already won.

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"I was, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer", Djokovic said. It was odd enough to see a player be allowed to do that during, instead of after, a set, but even odder for it to happen after an even number of games, rather than at an odd-game changeover. Cilic started well, taking the opening set and going up a break in the second.

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