Naomi Osaka After Her Loss To Serena Williams

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SERENA Williams had a point to prove against Naomi Osaka and made it in emphatic fashion to move into the semi-finals of Canada's Rogers Cup on Saturday (AEST).

Having suffered two Grand Slam final defeats, Williams will go in search of her 24th major title in NY next month, while Osaka will look to defend her crown after early exits at Wimbledon and the French Open.

Serena Williams defeated Naomi Osaka in a Rogers Cup quarterfinal match on Friday, nearly a year after their controversial match at the U.S. Open in September 2018.

They had left the controversy, when Osaka, 20 years old at the time, had raised his first Grand Slam title while enjoying a loss of nerves from his opponent, sanctioned by a point and then a game of penalty by the referee. 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.

Osaka said she played too defensively - something she said was hard to avoid when Williams was hitting 31 winners.

Sharing how her mental approach was heading into the match, Serena added: "It's definitely good for me, you know, to keep the competition and, you know, to have players like her who can, you know, play really well".

Asked about Osaka dubbing her "Tennis Mum" in her on-court interview, Williams said: "I would say more like 'tennis grandmum.' It was very kind of her to say mom".

I go into every match thinking I can do it, but, you know, sometimes that doesn't happen.

The Romanian, who roared back from 0-4 down to level the set at 4-4 only to lose the last two games, said she had been bothered by her Achilles tendon from the start of the tournament. "I just wanted to do the best I could today".

Her lone wobble came in the final game. I just went out there and I never gave up because it s not over until it s over.

"This is someone that I looked up to forever", said the two-time Grand Slam champion. "It's always my dream to play against her".

The victor will proceed to the final of the Rogers Cup - the Canadian Open, a Masters event worth 1,000 ranking points - and face the victor of the other semifinal, Sofia Kenin or Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu shot to prominence with a victory at Indian Wells in March, but she had been sidelined by a shoulder injury since the French Open in May.

"In the third set I told myself, 'Go big or go home, ' " Andreescu said.