Serena Williams vs Anastasija Sevastova: US Open semifinal preview and prediction

Serena Williams vs Anastasija Sevastova: US Open semifinal preview and prediction

Madison Keys was one of four American women in the US Open semifinals a year ago, when she was the runner-up.

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.

Together, Osaka and Nishikori were the first Japanese woman and man to make the quarterfinals of the same Grand Slam since Date and Shuzo Matsuoka at Wimbledon in 1995.

Last year, it was Keys who froze up in the final against Stephens in the tournament 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. Serena Williams faces Anastasija Sevastova in the other semifinal. 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. "I think she can win a title now, even though grand slam".

Sept 5 2018; New York, NY, USA; Madison Keys of the USA celebrates match point against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in a quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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

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But this has been her best run on the biggest stage and, after a real battle in the last round against fellow young gun Aryna Sabalenka, Osaka returned to her dominance of the first three matches.

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

Osaka's feat was credited with lifting the share price of her racquet producer Yonex, which soared more than 10 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange while the headline Nikkei index sank.

Cilic recovered to force a decider but Nishikori edged through 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 in four hours eight minutes.

Williams is looking to reach the final for the ninth time. "But even on court, Serena is very aggressive, you know, and Naomi, I have to push her to get a fist pump out of her".

She pushed some balls a few feet past the baseline, often failing to make Osaka do anything special to win a point and finishing with 31 unforced errors.

"I hate matches like this", said Tsurenko. We, as players, are grateful that we have the roof, because then the rain will not interrupt the matches and matches will go on, on two courts, which is great. "Especially after coming from injury, I think I'm enjoying this challenge".

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