Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Japanese stars create incredible piece of tennis history at US Open

Japanese stars create incredible piece of tennis history at US Open

Naomi Osaka won her quarterfinal in the match that preceded Nishikori's.

Osaka's lethal ground strokes and solid serving was too much for Tsurenko and in the stifling conditions at Flushing Meadows, which even left Roger Federer gasping for break, the Ukrainian just could not match Osaka.

It was just the latest in what's been a dominant run for Osaka.

Nishikori raced into a 4-1 lead but Cilic broke back to take the set to 4-4.

Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes.

"It means a lot", she said. I think she can win a title now. That was at Wimbledon in 1995, and both Kimiko Date and Shuzo Matsuoka lost in that round.

"It's great to see", said Nishikori who missed the 2017 US Open due to injury. Osaka routed Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches in the tournament that she finished in less than an hour.

The No. 14 seed was last year's US Open runner-up, losing to Stephens in the final, the only Grand Slam final appearance of her career. "I think this was really important part of the game".

"I didn't want to pull out as it's a Grand Slam quarter-final but she played well".

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Cilic has made two grand slam finals since but Nishikori has never been back and will now take on either twice U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or unseeded Australian John Millman for a spot in Sunday's final.

"Always exciting to play him".

"Unfortunately during this tournament I had many issues with my health, and today was not my day obviously".

Keys, who fired six aces and fended off both break point opportunities against her during the match, told reporters that adapting to Suarez Navarro's versatile play proved critical. In her third-round match, she was even quicker, dominating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-0, 6-0, in 50 minutes.

Osaka's feat was credited with lifting the share price of her racquet producer Yonex, which soared more than 10 percent on the Tokyo Stock Exchange while the headline Nikkei index sank.

Tsurenko labored in the heat during her fourth-round victory over Marketa Vondrousova, having her temperature and blood checked during a medical timeout in the first set and almost quitting when she trailed early in the second. So far in this Open, she's held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she's dropped only one set thus far.

"That's a really big step for me, " Williams said.

That can't happen at this U.S. Open, but Williams is closing in on her first Open championship since 2014.

That penchant to perform in big moments makes her coach feel better about Osaka's relative lack of experience as she moves deeper into the U.S. Open. "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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