Naomi Osaka moved a step nearer to a second US Open title after advancing to the semi-finals on the expense of Shelby Rogers.

Osaka – the 2018 champion and former world primary – was too good for Rogers 6-3 6-4 at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

A two-time grand slam champion, Osaka was 0-3 towards Rogers heading into the quarter-final however the fourth seed lastly ended her drought due to 24 winners and simply eight unforced errors.

Osaka – who has claimed the US Open and Australian Open on the 2 events she has progressed past the fourth spherical of a slam – will face Jennifer Brady within the semi-finals.

It was a night opening on Arthur Ashe Stadium behind closed doorways, a showdown from the baseline underneath lights.

Osaka earned the primary break-point likelihood within the sixth recreation, however Rogers caught the road with an aggressive cross-court winner to fend it off.

Nevertheless, Osaka had a second likelihood to say the break after Rogers despatched a forehand lengthy and one other wayward shot gifted the Japanese star a 4-2 lead following a tense recreation.

Rogers, although, hit again instantly, smashing a ferocious winner on a second serve to reclaim the break, just for Osaka to interrupt to like to revive her cushion with some highly effective baseline hitting as she served out the set.

World quantity 93 Rogers – who was sidelined for 13 months in 2018 and 2019 as a result of a knee harm and was unranked as just lately as final April – continued to play with aggression however she got here unstuck within the third recreation, one other stray forehand seeing Osaka transfer 2-1 forward with the break.

Rogers tried to remain within the contest, however Osaka by no means regarded again en path to the ultimate 4 of a slam for the primary time since profitable the 2019 Australian Open.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN  

Osaka [4] bt Rogers 6-3 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS   

Osaka – 24/8
Rogers – 23/27

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS   

Osaka – 7/1
Rogers –  3/2

BREAK POINTS WON    

Osaka – 3/5
Rogers – 1/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE   

Osaka – 48
Rogers – 61

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE   

Osaka – 83/69
Rogers – 66/33

TOTAL POINTS   

Osaka – 67
Rogers – 45

Printed 09 Sep 2020, 06:18 IST



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