Keys overpowers Navarro, reaches U.S. Open semis

Naomi Osaka 2018 US Open

Williams spent the next hour playing flawlessly, particularly at the net, and grabbed 12 of the last 13 games to beat No 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 and reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 36th at all Grand Slam tournaments.

To get to Saturday's championship match, the 20th seed will have to get past either USA 14th seed Madison Keys or Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Keys won all 10 of her service games, saving the only two break points she faced.

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. Keys also lost to Stephens in the French Open semifinals this June.

This time, Keys will play No. 20 Naomi Osaka on Thursday night for a chance to reach the final again.

"Just like my entire body was shaking, so I'm really glad I was able to play well today", she said.

The No. 21 seed continued his strong season after returning from a wrist injury that forced him to miss the US Open previous year and will play either No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic or unseeded John Millman.

Suarez Navarro enjoyed a fine run in NY, where she upstaged sixth seed Caroline Garcia and ended Maria Sharapova's impeccable record under the lights in the Big Apple, however, the 30th seed could not match Keys. That win was followed by a 4-6 6-1 6-2 comeback victory against Ekaterina Makarova and a seesawing triumph against seventh seed Elina Svitolina who she bested 6-3 1-6 6-0.

It was odd to note that Sevastova, at 18 in the world, is ranked eight places above Williams, but the American - like her friend Tiger Woods - is climbing back to her best.

The 21st-seeded Nishikori and No. 7 Cilic traded the lead and momentum for more than 4 hours.

"Long, but not too long", the 13-time Grand Slam victor added.

It was another hot afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures in the 30s C, but feeling much hotter due to the humidity.

"She does a really good job. of holding the baseline and redirecting the ball", Keys said. "I wasn't nervous before the match, but as soon as I got into the court, it was different". I remember I wasn't there for the match. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to play on this court.

That victory became undeniable as Williams rushed through the second set in 27 minutes, bagelling her dazzled foe, who at times was almost knocked off balance by the power in the champion's shot.

There were other issues for him, too, including in the third set when, ahead by a break, he was called by the chair umpire for allowing the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut at this tournament, to run out on back-to-back points.

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