X

Monday 26
August

Tennis

Williams faces Bouzkova semi after Osaka scalp

10th August 2019, 12:29 by Neil Foster

Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka for the first time on Friday and will face Marie Bouzkova in the Rogers Cup semi-finals.

Williams, 37, had lost her two previous encounters with the 21-year-old Japanese ace and had not faced her since their controversial 2018 meeting in the US Open final.

On that occasion, Williams was penalised a game for arguing with the umpire, with Osaka's eventual victory overshadowed by the American's petulant behaviour.

However, that was all forgotten as the Florida resident secured a 6-3 6-4 triumph in Toronto to set up a last-four encounter with the 21-year-old Czech Republic qualifier.

It was a high-quality match between players at different ends of their careers and Williams confessed she had learnt a bit about her opponent from previous losses.

"I just wanted to come out and try to win a set this time - she's beaten me twice. I just wanted to do the best I could today," she said after the match.

"I knew her game a little bit more, so that's a little easier, and, you know, I'm just overall a little bit better."

Young US star Sofia Kenin plays rising Canadian starlet Bianca Andreescu in the other semi-final on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

More Tennis

Tennis

Konta in confident mood ahead of US Open

25th August 2019, 13:00

Johanna Konta is confident she can enjoy another extended run at a Grand Slam during this year's US Open.

Tennis

Anderson forced to withdraw from US Open

25th August 2019, 11:13

Former US Open finalist Kevin Anderson has been forced to pull out of this year's tournament due to a persistent knee injury.

Tennis

Darts add to British contingent

24th August 2019, 18:59

Harriet Dart has boosted the number of British players set to appear at the US Open after battling through qualifying.

Tennis

Halep upbeat on US Open bid

24th August 2019, 13:19

Simona Halep is in confident mood ahead of the US Open as she bids to land a third Grand Slam title.

Tennis

Nadal excited for US Open charge

24th August 2019, 11:33

Rafael Nadal says he is "playing well" and is feeling confident of winning the US Open for the fourth time.

Tennis

Ramos won't umpire Williams sisters at the US Open

23rd August 2019, 18:55

Umpire Carlos Ramos will not officiate any of Serena or Venus Williams' matches at this year's US Open.

Recent Sport Headlines

Manchester City

City boss Pep happy with Cherries win but not with VAR

26th August 2019, 05:02

Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City side for coming through a physical encounter against Bournemouth with flying colours.

Cycling

Ireland's Roche leads Vuelta

26th August 2019, 04:27

Colombia's Nairo Quintana won stage two of the Vuelta a Espana, but Ireland's Nicolas Roche leads the overall race.

Bournemouth

Cherries fear worst for injured defender after City loss

26th August 2019, 04:01

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has concerns over defender Charlie Daniels after he picked up another serious looking knee injury against Manchester City.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nuno happy with hectic schedule as Wolves are held

26th August 2019, 02:31

Nuno Espirito Santo insists the hectic start to the season did not have an impact as Wolves laboured to a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday.

Golf

McIlroy claims £12m prize at East Lake

26th August 2019, 00:58

Rory McIlroy finished the season in style when winning the Tour Championship at East Lake to secure the FedEx Cup title.

Tottenham Hotspur

Poch in dark over Eriksen future and says Spurs are unsettled

26th August 2019, 00:31

Mauricio Pochettino says he has no idea whether Christian Eriksen is staying with Tottenham as the European transfer deadline fast approaches.

Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United

25th August 2019, 20:32

Joelinton scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle recorded their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory away at Tottenham.

Southampton

Besiktas make move for Saints midfielder

25th August 2019, 20:00

Besiktas officials are heading to England to discuss a deal for Southampton’s out-of-favour midfielder Mario Lemina.