WTA Toronto: Serena Williams sinks Naomi Osaka in strong fashion

Competing at her seventh WTA tournament of the season and making the first journey to Canada given that 2015, Serena Williams is through to the semi-final following a commanding 6-3, 6-4 success over Naomi Osaka in an hour and 17 minutes. The Japanese will pass Ashleigh Barty on the WTA ranking list to end up being world no. 1 once again but her tennis is miles from where it stood in New york city and Melbourne, providing another feeble efficiency today to suffer the first loss versus Serena after those rock-solid wins in Miami and New york city in 2015. Dealing with no break points, Williams controlled with her very first serve and played well from the field as well, taming her shots perfectly to fire 31 winners and 22 unforced mistakes, leaving the Japanese on just five winners.

Osaka faced 5 break points and got broken as soon as in each set to discover herself on the losing side, remaining on 3 WTA titles and still holding the WTA throne. Both players served well in the first five service games discovering the rhythm behind the initial shot and leaving the returners empty-handed. Naomi fended off two break points in video game 6 prior to Serena delivered the finest possible returns to break the rival at 15 in game 8 and move 5-3 in front, taking 4 points in a row in the next game to notch the opener 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Osaka struck just 2 winners in the first set and could not impose her shots at the start of the second either, enabling Williams to relocate front with a forehand winner at 1-1 and falling 3-1 behind after a backhand down the line winner from the American. Serena held after two deuces to extend the cause 4-2, holding at 5-4 on the 4th match point to advance into the sixth straight Canadian Open semi-final in the last 10 years where she must face Simona Halep in the repeat of the Wimbledon final from a month ago.

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