Serena Williams dominates Naomi Osaka in first meeting since US Open final

  • Serena Williams dominates Naomi Osaka in first meeting since US Open final

Serena Williams dominates Naomi Osaka in first meeting since US Open final

There was no such drama in Toronto, where Williams broke Osaka for a 5-3 lead and closed out the first set with a victor.

Williams was in impressive form as she powered past Naomi Osaka in their first meeting since last year's controversial US Open final.

A lot of hype went into their quarterfinal showdown as it was their first meeting since the 2018 US Open final.

Despite the loss, Osaka, who crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round last month, will return to the world No. 1 spot on Monday following Ashleigh Barty's opening round defeat in Toronto.

Osaka said Williams played "amazing, which is what she does", and the victor agreed her level had improved from the pair of 2018 defeats.

A win for Williams sees her bounce-back after losing in disastrous conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY, when the 37-year-old received code violations for coaching, smashing her racket, and calling the umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" at the 2018 US Open.

"Yeah, I mean, mentally, I mean, for me it's always fun to play her".

In her letter, Williams told Osaka, "I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry".

The American made light of Osaka's comments in a amusing post-match interview.

"We haven t played since NY, which was a really good match for her", said Williams, adding that she feels her own game is coming on as she d hoped in the buildup to this year s US Open at Flushing Meadows.

"That was very kind of her to say mum".

"I just wanted to come out and try to win a set this time, because she's beaten me twice", Williams said, via tennis.com.

Up next for Williams will be the victor of the late match between holder Simona Halep and Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova. "It s definitely not where I want to be, but I m getting there".

"And, actually, this is how I thought the first time I played her in Miami was going to go", Naomi Osaka said.

"This is someone that I looked up to forever", said the two-time Grand Slam champion. "And she just played awesome, which that's what she does".

The Czech qualifier continued her run, winning the first set 6-4 when Halep retired injured.

"So I know her game".

Andreescu shot to prominence with a victory at Indian Wells in March, but she had been sidelined by a shoulder injury since the French Open in May.

The victor will proceed to the final of the Rogers Cup - the Canadian Open, a Masters event worth 1,000 ranking points - and face the victor of the other semifinal, Sofia Kenin or Bianca Andreescu.