Serena rolls past Osaka to reach Toronto semis

Serena Williams Toronto 2019

Serena Williams Toronto 2019

Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during a quarterfinal match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day 7 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 09, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

Unlike the at Flushing Meadows previous year, where Osaka won her first Grand Slam title, there were no fiery exchanges with the umpire, no smashed rackets, no point or game penalties - just a rock-solid performance from Williams.

Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals on Friday night, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 at breezy York University.

Bouzkova notched her third straight win over a Grand Slam champion, having beaten former US Open victor Sloane Stephens and former French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams may have been expecting to face Halep in a rematch of their Wimbledon final, but the Romanian bowed out against Marie Bouzkova.

One comfort for Osaka is that she will return to the top of the world rankings next week.

"I knew her game a little bit more, so that's a little easier", Williams said post-match, according to The Guardian.

Many fails hailed it as the best match that Williams has played in her comeback.

"I m getting there", said Williams, who hasn t dropped a set this week as she pursues a fourth Toronto title to go with those she won in 2001, 2011 and 2013.

Her lone wobble came in the final game.

I go into every match thinking I can do it, but, you know, sometimes that doesn't happen.

Meanwhile, Osaka, 21, explained that Williams "is someone that I looked up to forever". But also, at the same time, I feel like that's a position that I think requires a lot of work and a lot of just hardheadedness. "It's always my dream to play against her".

The match, played in windy conditions, stayed on serve until Williams broke in the eighth game and the three-times champion went on to serve out the set.

On the other side of the draw, Bianca Andreescu became the first homegrown Rogers Cup semi-finalist since 1979, overcoming a groin injury to beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

"I'm getting there. It's definitely not where I want to be, but I'm getting there".

Up next for Andreescu will be unseeded American Sofia Kenin, who extended her impressive Toronto run with a 7-6 (2) 6-4 win over Ukrainian former champion Elina Svitolina.

"In the third set I told myself, 'Go big or go home, ' " Andreescu said.

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