Serena Williams beats Naomi Osaka for first time in career to reach Rogers Cup semi-final
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Serena Willaims on Friday defeated Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets to enter the semi-final of the Rogers Cup.
Williams came out strongly in the contest against the 21-year-old on Friday night and delivered a masterclass to prevent the three-times champion any break point opportunities.
The match was played in windy conditions and stayed on serve until Williams broke in the eighth set and the Japanese went on to serve out the set.
She struck earlier in the second set with a break in the third game to go ahead 2-1 and never looked back as she went on to secure her first victory from three career meetings with Osaka.
"We haven't played since New York, which was a really good match for her and I just wanted to come out and try to win a set this time because she's beaten me twice so I just wanted to do the best I could today," Williams said in an on-court interview.
Williams will now face the winner between holder Simona Halep and Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova.
Among men, Rafael Nadal came back strongly after losing the first round to beat Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the quarter final.
In men's doubles, India's Rohan Bopanna reached the semi-final with his Canadian partner D. Shapovalov who will next face the Dutch duo W. Koolhof and R. Hasse to enter the final.
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