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Osaka emphasizes fun after loss to Serena in Toronto

Osaka emphasizes fun after loss to Serena in Toronto

Serena Williams won the rematch, dominating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to ensure the Japanese star won t leave Toronto with a title to go with her number one world ranking.

Naomi Osaka will now fly Cincinnati, Ohio before she begins the race to defend her title at the US Open.

Williams has apologised for her meltdown at Flushing Meadows previous year and the 23-time grand slam champion produced a brilliant display against Osaka.

Williams next faces either fourth-seeded Simona Halep ― who beat her in the Wimbledon final in July ― or Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova. This time, the American legend outgunned the World Number one, Osaka 6-3, 6-4 and Serena reached her first-ever non-Slam semifinal since the Rome event in 2016.

There was a scary moment in the second set when the American ran into the net post while trying to chase down an Osaka drop shot but, despite nursing her right arm, Williams confirmed that no serious damage had been done.

"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.

"In the end, my opponent simply played better than me that day and ended up winning her first Grand Slam title", Williams said.

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"I just wanted to come out and try to win a set this time, because she's beaten me twice", Serena Williams said in an interview.

"I honestly don't really think there was ups and downs", Osaka said.

Humbled this week in Toronto, Osaka acknowledged this loss belatedly provided the experience she had always anticipated when facing Williams. "I just went out there and I never gave up because it's not over until it's over".

"And this is someone that I kind of modeled my game after when I was little". "It s definitely not where I want to be, but I m getting there". "And she just played incredible, which that's what she does".

In the afternoon, Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian Rogers Cup semifinalist since 1979, overcoming a groin injury to beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

"I can't really let what other people say affect me, and I just have to keep working hard and putting effort". She is set to take part in the US Open match.

Andreescu advanced to a semi-final clash with American Sofia Kenin, who defeated Ukraine sixth seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.