Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Serena rallies past Bouzkova into Toronto final

Serena rallies past Bouzkova into Toronto final

It was the first time they played each other since last summer's U.S. Open final, which Osaka won 6-2, 6-4 after Williams received a game penalty for arguing with officials.

Williams moved into her 96th WTA Tour final and fifth at the Rogers Cup, where she is a three-time champion and will face Bianca Andreescu in the decider in Toronto.

Unlike at Flushing Meadows previous year, where Osaka won her first Grand Slam title, there were no fiery exchanges with the umpire, no smashed rackets, no point or game penalties - just a rock-solid performance from Williams.

Asked about Osaka dubbing her "Tennis Mum" in her on-court interview, Williams said: "I would say more like 'tennis grandmum.' It was very kind of her to say mom".

"I knew her game a little bit more, so that's a little easier", Williams said after the match, according to the Times.

"I just felt like crying after because I'm just so happy", she said. "All the emotions I had in the tiebreaker. and just with all that I've been through".

That was an assessment that Williams shared, admitting she had studied the Japanese star to try to figure out a way to get the best of her.

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After a pair of aces gave her a triple match point, Williams offered up a double fault and two backhands into the net before she closed it out with an ace on her fourth match point. She avenged her shock loss in last year's controversial US Open final, in which the American was docked a point and a game after losing her temper when warned about coaching from the sidelines.

"So in a weird way, losing today, I accomplished my dream". I go into every match thinking I can do it, but sometimes that doesn't happen.

After the match, Osaka spoke of her admiration for Williams, whom she has beaten on their two previous meetings.

"I don't play in those kind of conditions, so it's not like I can practice", Kenin said.

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty's stint as the world's top-ranked player was assured of ending after she was knocked out on Tuesday. "So this is such a big learning experience for me".

Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova kept the pressure on Osaka in the battle to take the world number one ranking by also reaching the quarter-finals.

The American great made another slow start at the WTA Premier event, but again recovered to reach the final courtesy of a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Czech qualifier Bouzkova.

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