New York, NY – September 6, 2018: Serena Williams of USA returns ball during US Open 2018 semifinal match against Anastasija Sevastova at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Photo: Lev Radin/Gildshire)
The US Open 2018 semi-finals proved why this Grand Slam is so special, it really can be anyone’s game. Starting with the Women’s singles, Serena Williams is in position to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title and tie tennis’ career record. The record is currently held by Margaret Court, an Australian who won her Grand Slam titles during a career that spanned from 1960 to 1977.
Williams beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 to reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 36th at all Grand Slam tournaments. She faces Japan’s Naomi Osaka for the title.
Naomi Osaka, 20, has never beaten Madison Keys in their previous three meetings but won 6-2 6-4 in New York. Asked how she felt during the match, Osaka said:
“This is going to sound really bad… but I was just thinking – I really wanted to play Serena. Because she’s Serena.”
The Men’s Singles provided us with even more drama as defending champion Rafael Nadal had to retire from the tournament when he felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his US Open semifinal from what he called “a bad movement.” Nadal stopped playing after dropping the opening two sets Friday night, putting his opponent Juan Martin del Potro back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since he won the 2009 title at Flushing Meadows.
Del Potro was leading 7-6 (3), 6-2 after two hours of play when Nadal shook his head and said he had to stop. A noble way to bow out for the former champion. This is only his fourth loss in 49 matches in 2018.
Now Del Porto, 29, will face Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday. The Argentinian said:
“It will be a difficult match, of course. But I think I’ve been doing a good tournament. And in the finals, anything can happen. If I win, great. If not, I’ve been playing a great tournament and I will be happy anyway.”
Del Porto also mentioned that he and Djokovic are close friends, so it will be a match of friendly rivalry, that’s what social tennis is all about! Yet let’s not forget this is the US Open Final and much is at stake.
Novak Djokovic was stunned by Nishikori in the 2014 U.S. Open semifinals, and he has never forgiven him. Djokovic has beaten Nishikori 14 straight times since, including Friday’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 semi-final triumph. Djokovic reached his eighth Open final and looks for his third title in Flushing (2011, 2015).
The Men’s Doubles Final was won by American Mike Bryan who won a record 18th Grand Slam men’s doubles title alongside fellow American Jack Sock. The pair beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-1 in the US Open final.
The win makes Bryan the 11th man in the Open Era to win the US Open men’s doubles title with multiple partners.
CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty won the US Open Women’s Doubles final, 6-4, 7-6, over No. 1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.