Osaka powers into semi-finals with Tsurenko thrashing

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

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".

But a few hours later, Nishikori helped Osaka create an even more incredible slice of history.

"I always thought if I were to win a grand slam, the first one I'd want to win is the US Open, because I have grown up here and then my grandparents can come and watch".

Osaka, who next faces either Madison Keys or Carla Suarez Navarro, is the first Japanese woman to reach the last four at a slam since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon 22 years ago.

Cilic made a dominant start to lead by a set and a break before his level dropped to allow Japan's Nishikori to take a 2-1 lead.

Kei Nishikori of Japan wins his quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day ten of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Nishikori, 8 years older, was like a "really big kid" who liked to play video games and have fun like her.

"She was more fresh than me".

"I hate matches like this", said Tsurenko.

To win a title or even make a final in NY, where she and her sister Mari grew up learning tennis in a Haitian household with her father's parents and eating her mother's Japanese food, would speak to every part of Osaka's multicultural experience.

But after reaching the final in Monte Carlo, the French Open fourth round and the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Nishikori believes an elusive first grand slam is within reach. "I think it would be really cool", Osaka said.

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Cilic has made two grand slam finals since but Nishikori has never been back and will now take on either twice U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or unseeded Australian John Millman for a spot in Sunday's final.

But Osaka has some serious weapons of her own.

Keys: 'I felt good today.

If you haven't been paying attention for some time, the women's semifinals at the US Open might seem like it's Serena Williams' to lose.

Breaks were at a premium in the first set, both players holding serve until Suarez Navarro cracked at a decisive moment in the 10th game.

Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second.

The Californian has dropped just a single set so far at the 2018 edition of the United States slam, to Aleksandra Krunic in the third round, and has a 2-0 edge against her upcoming Japanese opponent.

This will be the pair's first meeting and it's hard to see anything but a straightforward win for the 23-time Slam champ.

"I think power, obviously a big serve". "I didn't want to show this kind of game in front of this big crowd, but unfortunately I'm just not able to play now".

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