Keys tops Suarez Navarro en route to U.S. Open semis

Keys tops Suarez Navarro en route to U.S. Open semis

Sevastova is a fine player, but she could find herself down a set and 3-0 before she even knows what happened.

"She has taken a step into uncharted territory for Japanese women in NY", the paper added.

"It's great to see", said Nishikori who missed the 2017 US Open due to injury. "I just like walking in the city". She will step in and powder the ball, pushing Sevastova back and making it hard for her to bring her finesse into play.

Osaka set a personal milestone by securing her first grand slam semifinal, and brought some pride to her home nation by becoming the first Japanese woman to advance to the final four of a slam tournament in two decades.

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

A flattered Williams said she especially likes the Ali reference, as she wants to inspire young people as Ali did. That was when doctors found significant blood clots in her abdomen that 'could have killed (her)'.

Osaka swept aside 36th-ranked Tsurenko in just 57 minutes as the Ukrainian's challenge fizzled out in a deluge of mistakes.

Still in search of her first Grand Slam title, the 14th-seeded Keys reached her third semifinal in the past five majors by using her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night.

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Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, said she enjoyed playing in the blistering heat of NY which has been such a talking point of the tournament.

It means Nishikori reaches a Grand Slam semi-final for the third time in his career. That year, she beat already five-time Grand Slam victor Martina Hingis - the unstoppable World No 1, for her title - and summarily also took doubles honours with her sister Venus, the pair's second Grand Slam title. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind". "I was not feeling well", she said. "I think it would be really cool".

She's two wins away from a record 24th Grand Slam title. That is a 70 percent win rate on hard court finals, and a 50 percent win rate on finals overall, which are significant statistics any way they are "served" up - something Williams does all too well. "I still haven't totally processed this match".

"I feel like that's one thing I really worked on was my moving because it was a little suspect right after my return, " Williams said. "I'm grateful that I had that experience".

Keys had the chance to close out the set on Suarez Navarro's racquet at 5-4 and while she was denied at the first time of asking, she did not waste her second opportunity.

The US Open has been Williams' most successful Slam - but then again, so has Wimbledon.

Her news conferences are bilingual: English-speaking press go first, then Japanese reporters ask questions in Japanese. I mean, I can not return like I used to. And Haiti, if you've ever met a Haitian person, they are really positive, and literally if you're friends with them, then they will do anything for you. She's the player to beat.

Osaka celebrated her win calmly and coolly unlike the floods of tears which greeted her last-16 victory over Aryna Sabalenka. Keys, 23, is a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist and Olympian.

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