Japan’s Naomi Osaka, world Number 20, won the semi-finals of a major tennis tournament for the first time in her career by beating Ukrainian Leica Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the US Open.
The 20-year-old Osaka became the first Japanese to play in the Grand Slam Championship, as Kimiko Date scored in Wimbledon in 1996.
The young player began the game strongly and broke her opponent in the second and sixth half, relying mainly on the strength of the blows sent.
In the second set, Zorinko, who knocked out second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the second round, collapsed in the first and third games to advance 4-0.
The 29-year-old Ukrainian failed to take advantage of three chances to break Japan’s lead in the sixth game after a 40-0 lead. Osaka took the lead and advanced 5-1, before deciding to send her opponent and finish the game in 57 minutes.
Osaka won their first title in the Indian Wells mid-March, the best result in the Grand Slam Championships before Flushing Meadows, to reach the final of the Australian championship in early 2018.
Osaka meet in the semi-finals of the American game Madison Keys ranked 14th, and Spanish Carla Suárez Navarro ranked 30th.
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