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Serena Williams in Rogers Cup semis

Serena Williams in Rogers Cup semis”

Serena Williams produced a brilliant display to claim a straight-sets win over Naomi Osaka in the Rogers Cup quarter final on Friday.

It was the first time Williams and Osaka had played since the 21-year-old beat the veteran American at the 2018 US Open final, a match which saw Williams suffer an on-court meltdown.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, has since apologised and, in their first meeting since, she delivered an impeccable performance at the WTA Premier tournament.

Williams next faces either fourth-seeded Simona Halep ― who beat her in the Wimbledon final in July ― or Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova.

Despite the defeat, Osaka is assured of a return to world number one next week after the second-round exit of top-ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty and a quarter-final defeat for third-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Osaka went into the match with a ideal record against her former idol, but was unable to preserve that record as the 37-year-old veteran came out on top 6-3, 6-4. "And, you know, I'm just overall a little bit better".

Third time was the charm for Serena Williams against Naomi Osaka.

"We haven't played since NY, which was a really good match for her", Williams said of Osaka on Tennis.com.

"We haven't played since NY which was a really good match for her and I just wanted to come out and win a set this time because she's beaten me twice", the 37-year-old joked.

I go into every match thinking I can do it, but, you know, sometimes that doesn't happen. I know her game. "So I was just was like "I gotta keep going". I know what I need to do to hopefully try to get a win today, and it helped a little bit. "It's always my dream to play against her".

"I lost things on the road, so I just tried to add other things", Nadal said.

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.

The Romanian, who roared back from 0-4 down to level the set at 4-4 only to lose the last two games, said she had been bothered by her Achilles tendon from the start of the tournament. Andreescu will face American Sofia Kenin, a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victor over sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. "So this is such a big learning experience for me".

In Montreal, top-seeded Rafael Nadal rallied to reach the Rogers Cup semifinals, beating No. 7 Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.



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