Serena dominates Osaka to reach Toronto semis


Serena Williams 'redeems herself' in Naomi Osaka rematch

Serena Williams celebrates match point in her Ladies' Singles second round match against Kaja Juvan of Slovakia during Day 4 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2019, in London.

Serena Williams defeated Japan's Naomi Osaka in a rematch of their U.S. Open final on Friday to advance to the Rogers Cup semifinals.

TORONTO, Aug 10 ― Serena Williams powered past Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Toronto.

Osaka said Williams played "amazing, which is what she does", and the victor agreed her level had improved from the pair of 2018 defeats. She avenged her shock loss in last year's controversial US Open final, in which the American was docked a point and a game after losing her temper when warned about coaching from the sidelines. "I know her game".

The American had lost her previous two meetings with Osaka, but managed to close out what was an impressive victory.

The American made light of Osaka's comments in a amusing post-match interview. The American said: "I knew her game a little bit more, so that's a little easier".

"That was very kind of her to say mum".

"I just wanted to come out and try to win a set this time - she's beaten me twice".

Williams will meet Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who won through after Simona Halep was forced to retIre with a left ankle injury after the first set.

Osaka will go from No. 2 to No. 1 on Monday when the new ranking is announced. "I just wanted to do the best I could today". I just went out there and I never gave up because it s not over until it s over.

"But I think there were chances where she hit shorter balls, but I wasn't expecting her to hit the shorter balls, so I didn't move up on time", she said.

For that, she will have to dominate whatever happens two other young players, the oldest of the other three semi-finalists being only 21 years old. "So this is, like, such a big learning experience for me", Osaka added.

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu ousted Pliskova 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 after one hour and 49 minutes to doom the Czech's bid to regain the top spot for the first time since 2017. Andreescu will face American Sofia Kenin, a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victor over sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

But the 19-year-old, who shot to prominence with her Indian Wells triumph in March, went toe-to-toe with her more experienced opponent to win by serving out to love.

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