Serena Williams advances to US Open final

Madison Keys

The 20-year-old Osaka made a statement of intent by trouncing Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 in the quarter-finals, and will be out for revenge against Keys, who beat the Japanese at Flushing Meadows in 2016.

Keys, who is also an Australian and French Open semifinalist, will face Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka for a spot in the decider.

But the ease with which she ran away with the match - winning 11 of the final 12 games and dropping just seven points in the second set - was startling.

The US Open has been her most successful Grand Slam and she has had big match experience on the Arthur Ashe Stadium before, having brought Maria Sharapova's high profile run to an end past year in the fourth round.

Barely a year after giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams is on the cusp of regaining her winning ways at almost 37 years old, having returned to the tour in March but only recent rediscovered the movement necessary to triumph.

She had also captured the prestigious Indian Wells title in March and defeated Serena Williams in Miami.

"Just like my entire body was shaking, so I'm really glad I was able to play well today", she said.

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The No. 14 seed was last year's US Open runner-up, losing to Stephens in the final, the only Grand Slam final appearance of her career. She recovered to win in three sets, with her opponent accusing her of acting after the match. She's lost only one set in the tournament to this point.

Nishikori leads head to head meetings 8-6, he won the last match played at 2018 Monte Carlo semifinals in three sets.

She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the high 80s but feeling about 10 degrees hotter with the humidity. She's been playing really well for actually a long time. "I wasn't nervous before the match, but as soon as I got into the court, it was different".

In New York, members of the Japanese media fill her news conferences after every match.

Djokovic needed two four-setters in his opening rounds but cruised through in straight sets against Richard Gasquet and John Millman. Osaka said she has tried to keep this tournament business-like as she navigates her way through the draw, but her triumph in NY is not just about advancing her career. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to play on this court. He made the best possible start on another scorching hot day in NY by racing through the opening set in 36 minutes.

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