US Open Day 11 Women's Tips: Sevastova capable of pushing Serena

US Open Day 11 Women's Tips: Sevastova capable of pushing Serena

US Open Day 11 Women's Tips: Sevastova capable of pushing Serena

Mixed doubles action: Coming back from a brutal knee injury (remember when she fell on the court during a net point at Wimbledon in 2017 and had to be rushed to the hospital?), Bethanie Mattek-Sands is through to the final of the mixed-doubles event with Britain's Jamie Murray. I think she can win a title now.

"It means a lot", she said. "And not shying away from those, but just really being honest about it and talking about it". In the end her dominance was reflected in the one-sided score.

The 23-year-old Olympian has made it into the quarterfinals in three of four Grand Slams this year and this will be her second appearance in the semifinals.

Keys has made it this far in a major for the fourth time in her career.

Naomi Osaka, whose father is Haitian, is the first Japanese woman since the start of the Open era to reach the U.S. Open semifinals and the first to reach any Grand Slam semifinal since Kimiko Date did it in 1996.

To do it, Osaka, already the youngest Japanese woman in the Open Era to make a major semifinal and just the third Japanese woman to make a major semifinal, will have to find a way to solve Madison Keys.

Prior to this meeting, though, it is the first semi-final, between Serena Williams and Anastasia Sevastova, starting at midnight.

Naomi Osaka of Japan is interviewed as she celebrates victory during her women's singles quarter-final match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine of the 2018 US Open.


Osaka continued what has been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour. "My entire body was shaking, but I was really glad I was able to play well today".

Osaka, who was born in Japan but moved to the United States at age 3, was followed on Arthur Ashe Stadium by Kei Nishikori facing Marin Cilic in a men's quarterfinal.

Kei Nishikori came out on top following a thrilling quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic at Flushing Meadows that went the full distance and will now play in his first Grand Slam semi-final for two years.

The 20-year-old said she was nervous and claimed to be "freaking out inside", though it certainly never showed. As Williams said after her quarterfinal win here: "I still know that no matter whether I'm in the semifinals or the finals, I have a really long way to go to win that".

Until Osaka's run this year, the best NY performance by a Japanese woman was 2004 when Shinobu Asagoe reached the quarterfinals.

But Osaka has some serious weapons of her own.

"I felt good today".

"That's a really big step for me, " Williams said. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes. With Suarez Navarro serving, the Spaniard took a 30-0 lead, but after a service error allowed Keys back in, she fought back to win a second set point and take the set, 6-4.

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