Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Serena Williams in Rogers Cup semis

Serena Williams in Rogers Cup semis

Serena Willaims on Friday defeated Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets to enter the semi-final of the Rogers Cup. "And, you know, I'm just overall a little bit better".

"And this is someone that I kind of modeled my game after when I was little". I know what I need to do to hopefully try to get a win today, and it helped a little bit.

Czech 21-year-old Bouzkova's breakout run in Toronto will carry into the weekend after Halep, who had been complaining about her Achilles all week, retired from their match. She has won it three times: in 2001, 2011 and 2013 and has a tournament record of 33 victories in 37 matches.

The victor of 23 Grand Slam titles hit 12 aces, the last of them on match points, and did not concede a break point to qualify for the semi-finals of this Canadian Premier Category event (just in below the Grand Slams).

As Williams advances to face Marie Bouzkova, Osaka will work to defend her restored ranking more successfully than last time.

"And today I felt it more, so that's why I made a decision to retire", said Halep, no doubt exercising extra caution with the final Grand Slam of the year due to start on August 26. I think I played pretty well. "It's always my dream to play against her".

Karolina Pliskova also exited in the quarter-finals, suffering a 6-0 2-6 6-4 loss to Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

The victor will proceed to the final of the Rogers Cup - the Canadian Open, a Masters event worth 1,000 ranking points - and face the victor of the other semifinal, Sofia Kenin or Bianca Andreescu.

But the 19-year-old, who shot to prominence with her Indian Wells triumph in March, went toe-to-toe with her more experienced opponent to win by serving out to love.

Nadal, who claimed his fourth Toronto title past year, won his 380th Masters 1000 match, a day after breaking a tie with Roger Federer for the ATP tour record. "So this is, like, such a big learning experience for me". "Literally go home. My home is like two minutes from here. I just went out there and I never gave up because it's not over until it's over".

Fans booed Williams in that match as she argued with the chair umpire and again during the trophy ceremony.

Andreescu looked to be in trouble when she gingerly returned to the court from a medical timeout late in the second set with her right thigh heavily taped and her movement hampered. "I've been through so much the last two months", Andreescu said. I was so, so nervous and I just felt like crying after because I'm just so happy. The 20-year-old Kenin upset top-ranked Ashleigh Barty in the first round. Nadal has 82 singles victories, with his French Open triumph in June his second title of the year.

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