Tennis – US Open ’18: Naomi Defeats Lesia; Into The Semi’s
Naomi Osaka achieved her first Grand Slam semi-final with a prevailing triumph over Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko at the US Open. The 20-year-old lost only 2 games and won 6-1 6-1 against her unseeded rival in 58 minutes.
Both Osaka and Tsurenko were contending in their first Slam quarter-final, however the Ukrainian looked physically depleted and out of form on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Naomi Osaka won so fast I missed it. Must have been very good today & maturing into a super player. Congrats to Francesca Schiavone on an amazing career. Really loved her energy & fire & such an interesting varied game.
— Jo Durie (@Jodurie) 5 September 2018
Osaka, who is viewed as a standout amongst other youthful players in the sport, broke in Tsurenko’s first service game and cruised through the 1st set in 26 minutes before hustling into a 4-0 lead in the second set.
Tsurenko at that point held serve and raised three break points in the accompanying diversion. However, she could not convert and made a double fault twice in the last game to hand Osaka a much deserved triumph.
After this victory, Naomi became the principal Japanese lady to achieve a Grand Slam semi-final since Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1996.
I really feel for @Naomi_Osaka_. The press stubbornly refuse to keep up with her, asking over and over again for her to map out the contours of her ethnicity and cultural affiliations. It’s as if they expect a three-word answer, when the reality is–no surprise–complex. #USOpen
— Andrew Ross (@drewross) 5 September 2018
Osaka will now play American Madison Keys or Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the semi-final match of the US Open 2018.
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