Naomi Osaka swept aside American Shelby Rogers in straight sets to enter the women’s singles semifinals of the US Open 2020 on Tuesday. The Japanese won 6-3, 6-4 as she moves a step closer to her second Major title at the event and third overall. Also Read - Tennis | US Open 2020 Final: Dominic Thiem Beats Alexander Zverev in Marathon Five-setter to Claim First Grand Slam Title
The fourth-seeded Osaka conceded she didn’t consider herself the favourite against Rogers with the weight of past three defeats weighing on her mind. “Honestly, I just felt like she had the upper hand because I’ve never beaten her,” Osaka said. “And those memories are stuck in my head so I consider this a little bit of revenge.” Also Read - US Open 2020 Results: Naomi Osaka Beats Victoria Azarenka in Women's Singles Final to Lift Her Second Title at Flushing Meadows, Clinches Her Third Grand Slam Overall
Osaka will next face Jennifer Brady who got the better of Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva for a place in the final. Also Read - US Open 2020 Results: Dominic Thiem Beats Daniil Medvedev in Straight Sets to Set up Title Clash Against Alexander Zverev
In the men’s field, Alexander Zverev overcame 12 double-faults to win his quarterfinal match against Borna Coric.
Zverev lost the first set 1-6 before winning the next three 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 to continue his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title which has been bolstered with the disqualification of Novak Djokovic and, the absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal and former winner Roger Federer.
“I just started playing maybe a little bit more aggressive because if I would’ve played the way I played (at the start), it’s not the level for a quarter-final match at a Grand Slam,” Zverev said after the match.
“I had to start playing better and I was a little bit more consistent then as well. My serve got better and I thought to myself ‘I’m down 6-1, 4-2, I have nothing to lose at the moment” he added.
The 23-year-old German will next face Pablo Carreno Busta who overcame No. 12 seed Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3.
”I’m destroyed, but I’m very happy. It’s incredible to be back in the semi-finals,” Carreno Busta said to ESPN’s James Blake after the match. “I think I’m very comfortable on these courts. I think the past months during quarantine was very tough for everyone. I worked very hard with my coach. When you work hard, normally the results arrive. Maybe not in the first tournament, but I’m very lucky to be in the semi-finals.”