US Open results: Naomi Osaka cruises into semifinals with decisive win over Lesia Tsurenko
The women’s draw at the 2018 US Open belongs to the lower seeds. Naomi Osaka became the third US Open semifinalist on Wednesday with a win over Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets.in the penultimate round of the tournament, as she awaits the winner of Madison Keys vs. Carla Suarez Navarro on Wednesday night.
Osaka, who is just 20 years old, is having a terrific 2018 season. She won the Indian Wells Open and made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open. This is her first career Grand Slam semifinal in what’s been a year of firsts for her so far. She’s also the first Japanese woman to make the US Open semifinals in 22 years.
Against Tsurenko, Osaka barely broke a sweat, winning 6-1, 6-1. She won 20 of her 22 first serves, and she broke Tsurenko’s serve five times. Tsurenko had 31 unforced errors to Osaka’s 11, and Osaka finished with 12 winners.
It was just the latest in what’s been a dominant run for Osaka. So far in this Open, she’s held opponents scoreless in three sets, and she’s dropped only one set thus far. Now, she needs to do it one more time to advance to her first career final. With that being said, whether Keys or Suarez Navarro ends up winning Wednesday, her next opponent will likely end up being Osaka’s toughest yet.