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Naomi Osaka Makes History on her Way to the Semifinals

06 September 2018

New York, USA - Although Naomi Osaka (JPN) said her entire body was shaking during her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, she showed no outward signs of nerves. The 20-year-old dismantled Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in 57-minutes, which marks the third time this tournament Osaka completed her match in under an hour.  

Osaka only dropped six points on her serve and was efficient on her break point opportunities. “I fought for every point,” said Osaka after her 6-1, 6-1 victory. “I think that’s something that I’ve struggled with in the past, but I think I’ve matured a little bit.” 

With her win today, Osaka became the first Japanese Grand Slam semifinalist since Kimiko Date (JPN) reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1996. Osaka will face 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys (USA) in the second semifinal match tomorrow.   

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<Women's Singles Quarterfinals>

Naomi Osaka  (EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 / REXIS 130) (JPN)[20]

6-1, 6-1

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)