Serena Williams surges into US Open final with win over Anastasija Sevastova

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Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open

As I got deeper into the tournament, I felt like I started to swing through the ball better, just started to raise the level of tennis.

Osaka continued what has been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn't even have to play an hour.

Barely a year after giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams is on the cusp of regaining her winning ways at almost 37 years old, having returned to the tour in March but only recent rediscovered the movement necessary to triumph. Much like her hard-hitting contemporaries such as Petra Kvitova, she's untouchable at her best but prone to eyebrow-raising losses on a bad day. But her killer instinct sets her apart.

Amazon Prime, who have had a mixed debut as the game's United Kingdom broadcaster, did produce a stunning statistic: Williams was averaging 107mph on serve - just one mile an hour slower than Kei Nishikori - with a maximum of 118mph.

The 14th-seeded American used her big-strike game built on serves and forehands to overpower No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday night.

For Osaka, who is 20, this is her first trip past the fourth round at a major.

Mama is headed back to the U.S. Open finals.

Sevastova, meanwhile, had never been beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam before this year's US Open and indeed had reached that stage only once.

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"New York is very nostalgic".

Unable to compete in last year's event due to injury, his last semi-final appearance came in 2016 where he lost to eventual victor Stan Wawrinka. "I think it would be really cool".

Prior to this meeting, though, it is the first semi-final, between Serena Williams and Anastasia Sevastova, starting at midnight.

Osaka was brilliant again, cruising past an out-of-sorts Lesia Tsurenko.

"I was, alongside many other people, anticipating the match against Federer", Djokovic said.

"I don't really feel pressure from them", Osaka said. "I was not feeling well", she said.

It had taken Williams half an hour to settle into that familiar, chilling rhythm and, once she took the sting out of her opponent's slice, especially on the backhand, she looked more like the player who had taken just 91 games, one surrendered set and six-and-a-half hours to account for five players in this tournament.

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