US Open -- Naomi Osaka reaches semifinals

US Open -- Naomi Osaka reaches semifinals

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.

Former world No 4, Nishikori, finally came to life midway through the second set as he extracted a few errors from Cilic and lifted his own game to fight back from 4-2 down to successfully level things up on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam on Wednesday when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the last-eight of the US Open, admitting she was "freaking out" inside. "My entire body was shaking, but I was really glad I was able to play well today". Osaka was another story who had only met the Belarusian for the first time, knowing only her history on paper but not experiencing it on court. This is her first career Grand Slam semifinal in what's been a year of firsts for her so far. Japan's Young Miss Naomi Osaka faced her Belarusian opponent with defiance determination and plenty of willpower and skill.

That made it all the more surprising that the 28-year-old allowed his advantage to slip, missing a break point that would have given him a 5-1 lead and then being pegged back to 4-4.

Osaka, who lived in her native Japan until she was 3, started playing tennis in NY after her father saw the Williams sisters playing at the French Open in 1999 and chose to teach his daughters. "I was not feeling well", Tsurenko told reporters.

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Keys said she will look to home support on Thursday when she resumes her rivalry with Osaka. I train in Florida. Just to see them in person and experience the atmosphere.

The crisis soon deepened for Tsurenko, who had needed the best part of three hours on Monday to beat Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in a match where she nearly collapsed due to heat exhaustion.

Though Osaka can be shy or sarcastic in front of the media, on tennis's biggest stages she operates with confidence.

Osaka had reached the Australian Open last-16 in January in her previous best run at the majors. Keys, 23, is a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist and Olympian.

It was then Vera Zvonareva she'd beaten in straight sets and dominated Petra Kvitova in only 2 consistent sets to prove she meant business.

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