Tennis: Serena Williams crashes out in the semi-finals as Naomi Osaka books final at the US Open

Serena Williams crushes out in the semi-finals as Naomi Osaka books final at the US Open

Serena Williams crashes out in the semi-finals as Naomi Osaka books final at the US Open

Serena Williams crashes out in the semi-finals as Naomi Osaka books final at the US Open.

Victoria Azarenka rallied from one set down to beat Serena Williams in the semi-finals.

Williams took the lead, winning the first set 6-1 and looked to be heading to a US Open final rematch against Naomi Osaka.

Azarenka would however fight back strongly, winning the remaining sets 6-3, 6-3.

Williams was not helped by a jarred ankle early in the deciding set that required heavy strapping and her quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles goes on.

Naomi Osaka won a battle of will and power against Jennifer Brady to march back into the Finals.

Naomi Osaka books final at the US Open
Naomi Osaka celebrates her win over Jennifer Brady to reach the final of the US Open

Osaka, the 2018 champion, beat Brady (the tournament’s breakout star) 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3.

Brady, 25, had not dropped more than four games in a set all tournament, and certainly did not let the occasion get to her, the pair trading ferocious blows.

Brady had not faced a breakpoint for more than two sets but a loose game at 1-2 gave Osaka an opening and she pounced.