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SportSerena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final

13:10  09 august  2019
13:10  09 august  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Serena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final .

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will go head-to-head for the first time since the controversial 2018 U . S . Open decider after the pair reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals. Osaka prevailed against childhood hero Williams last year at Flushing Meadows, where the

Serena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final © Icon Sportswire (A Division of XML Team Solutions) All Rights Reserved TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 07: Serena Williams of the USA reacts after a lost point during her Rogers Cup Womens tournament match vs. Elise Mertens of Belgium on August 7, 2019 at Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will go head-to-head for the first time since the controversial 2018 US Open decider after the pair reached the Rogers Cup quarter-finals.

Osaka prevailed against childhood hero Williams last year at Flushing Meadows, where the 23-time grand slam champion's epic meltdown contributed to her defeat.

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Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will go head-to-head for the first time since the controversial 2018 US Open decider after the pair reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals. Osaka prevailed against childhood hero Williams last year at Flushing Meadows, where the

Serena Williams (left) apologised to Osaka and saw a therapist after her outburst during the US Open final . Serena Williams will take on Naomi Osaka for Elsewhere, Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova beat Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5 to set up a last-eight meeting with Canadian Bianca Andreescu

Williams was issued a code violation for what umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, irritating the former world number one who insisted she was not a cheat.

Serena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final © Thomson Reuters Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, US., September 8, 2018. USA TODAY SPORTS/Danielle Parhizkaran SEARCH "POY SPORTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

A point penalty for racquet abuse led to her branding Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" and she was then docked a game, after which she called for the match referee and alleged she was being treated differently to male players.

Canada's Andreescu advances to Rogers Cup final after gruelling win over Kenin

Canada's Andreescu advances to Rogers Cup final after gruelling win over Kenin TORONTO — Bianca Andreescu dropped to her knees and covered her face in visible relief before kissing the Aviva Centre's hardcourt after advancing to the Rogers Cup final. Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, Ont., held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin of the United States on Saturday afternoon. The 19-year-old won on her fifth match point to become the first Canadian to make the Rogers Cup final in 50 years. It's her first

The 2018 US Open Women's Singles final was the championship tennis match of the Women's Singles tournament at the 2018 US Open . It was contested between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka , seeded 17th and 20th respectively.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will go head-to-head for the first time since the controversial 2018 US Open decider after the pair reached the Rogers Cup quarter- finals . Osaka prevailed against childhood hero Williams last year at Flushing Meadows, where the

Serena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final © 2018 Tim Clayton 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Naomi Osaka of Japan crying with Serena Williams of the United States at the presentations after the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images) Osaka's maiden major was overshadowed by Williams' behaviour. Now, the two players are set for a rematch in Toronto.

SERENA SURVIVES ALEXANDROVA TEST

The 37-year-old American star was pushed by Ekaterina Alexandrova in a 7-5 6-4 victory on Thursday.

Williams trailed the Russian qualifier 3-0 in the first and 3-1 in the second, however, the eighth seed produced when it mattered most to advance at the WTA Premier event.

A three-time champion, Williams – playing for the first time since Wimbledon – said: "I definitely feel like it takes a while to get back into the rhythm, because we've had a long season of just clay and then grass, and now we're on hard courts. So it definitely feels different, especially for me now. Usually I don't feel that huge of a difference, but for whatever reason I do this year."

Serena and Osaka to meet for first time since 2018 US Open final © Icon Sportswire (A Division of XML Team Solutions) All Rights Reserved TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 07: Serena Williams of the USA returns a ball during her Rogers Cup Womens tournament match vs. Elise Mertens of Belgium on August 7, 2019 at Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeff Chevrier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OSAKA ON TRACK TO RECLAIM TOP RANKING

Australian Open champion and second seed Osaka overcame teenager Iga Swiatek 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in the last 16.

Osaka rallied from a break and two set points down to eventually prevail against the Polish 18-year-old.

The Japanese star is on track to return to the WTA's summit on Monday ahead of Karolina Pliskova, who must beat Bianca Andreescu to have any chance of claiming the top ranking.

Pliskova accounted for Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5, while Andreescu outlasted Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-7 (7-9) 6-4.

HALEP'S TITLE DEFENCE ALIVE

Defending champion Simona Halep eased past Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-1 in just 67 minutes.

Halep – the fourth seed – was a class above as she reached the Rogers Cup quarters for the fifth time.

Next up for Halep is qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who stunned former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-2.

Sixth seed Elina Svitolina and Sofia Kenin also moved through to the last eight.

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