Prime News, International Sport, Tennis, Toronto (Canada), August 10:- Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semi-finals Friday night, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 at breezy at York University.
Playing her first event since losing the Wimbledon final, Williams faced Osaka for the first time since losing to her last year in the US Open final.
Williams will face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova on Saturday. Bouzkova led fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-4 when the Wimbledon champion retired because of a left Achilles problem.
Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian Rogers Cup semi-finalist since 1979, overcoming a groin injury to beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4. Andreescu will face American Sofia Kenin, a 7-6 (2), 6-4 winner over sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)