Nishikori takes revenge on Cilic

Tennis US Open

Tennis US Open

"I don't really feel pressure from them", Osaka said. "I think she can win a title now, even though grand slam".

Such was Osaka's dominance in the afternoon that she broke Tsurenko five times and the quarter-final lasted for a meagre 57 minutes.

In the second semifinal, Japan's Naomi Osaka, who lived on Long Island for five years as a child, faces sturdy young American Madison Keys, who advanced Wednesday night in straight sets over Carla Suarez Navarro. Keys has won all four matches the two have played, though this is the first time Keys walked away the victor in straight sets.

"The quarters was sort of my mental goal, every time I played a Grand Slam", said Osaka. "This year I have been much more solid mentally". That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date lost in that round.

"I feel like a lot of my matches previous year were emotional roller coasters", Keys said. With Suarez Navarro serving, the Spaniard took a 30-0 lead, but after a service error allowed Keys back in, she fought back to win a second set point and take the set, 6-4.

Kei Nishikori rallied to outlast Marin Cilic on Wednesday at the U.S. Open, giving Japan a men's and women's semifinalist at the same Grand Slam for the first time in the professional era. "Especially after coming from injury, I think I'm enjoying this challenge".

It all took less than 1 1/2 hours against Suarez Navarro, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets in her previous match but has never made it to the semifinals at a major.

But Cilic came back in the fourth set to keep himself in contention and take the match to a final and decisive fifth set that would see the pair play for over four hours. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes.

Osaka, like many her age, is a power hitter.

Osaka, who lived in her native Japan until she was 3, started playing tennis in NY after her father saw the Williams sisters playing at the French Open in 1999 and made a decision to teach his daughters. "That's something that is a really good trait, and I'm really happy that my grandparents and my dad's side of the family is like that", Osaka said.

It was a case of sweet revenge for Kei Nishikori as he outlasted Marin Cilic on Wednesday, four years after losing to the Croatian player in the final of the US Open.

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

She pushed some balls a few feet past the baseline, often failing to make Osaka do anything special to win a point and finishing with 31 unforced errors. "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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