Naomi Osaka vs Madison Keys
|Date & Time||Friday September 7, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Naomi Osaka will play Madison Keys in the semifinal of the 2018 WTA US Open.
Naomi Osaka has continued her incredible form Tsurenko in straight sets in the quarterfinals. It was a very dominating victory for Osaka as she only lost 2 games in the entire match and managed to break her opponents serve 5 times. Osaka’s serving was exceptional in this match as she only lost 7 points in the entire match during her service games. This is the first time that Naomi Osaka has made it into the semifinals at the US Open and it is her deepest run in a grand slam event. I am expecting her to be nervous about the match since she has no experience of playing a semifinal of a grand slam event.
On the other side of the coin, Madison Keys enters this match having beaten Carla Suárez Navarro in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Keys impressed with her serving by winning all of her service games and hitting 6 aces. In addition to that, Keys also broke Carla Suárez Navarro’s serve twice to set up a comfortable victory. With Sloane Stephens out, Keys in the crowd favorite for this tournament and she has been getting incredible support in all her matches. Madison Keys made the final of the US Open last year so she has the experience of playing on this stage. All these assets will make Madison Keys very hard to beat in this match.
Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka have played twice in the past with the American winning on both occasions.
While Naomi Osaka has been playing very well, I am going pick against her and predict Madison Keys to win. Keys has been playing just as well as Osaka but has the advantage of having experience at this stage and also being at home. In addition to that, Keys has won against Osaka every time they have played so that should be a big advantage in terms of confidence for the American. Taking everything into consideration, I am backing Keys to make her second US Open final.