Serena Williams downs Osaka in Toronto rematch
Serena Williams regained the bragging rights in her head-to-head rivalry with former World Number one Naomi Osaka, besting her in two straight sets in Toronto on Friday night.
Serena won 6-3 6-4 to move into the semi final of the WTA Rogers Cup,
And by the victory, she has settled some scores with the Japanese star, who beat her in the final of the US Open last year.
Serena lost her cool during the match and had a showdown with the umpire, when warned about coaching, an incident famously called the Serena meltdown.
Tonight’s was their first match since the US Open and the first time that Serena was able to see off the younger Osaka. There was a positive for Osaka in the defeat: she will be ranked world number one on Monday.
Unlike in New York last year, there was no Serena-meltdown drama in Toronto, where Williams broke Osaka for a 5-3 lead in the first and closed out the opening set with a service winner.
She broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second and never looked like surrendering the advantage.
Even a run-in with the net cord — as she raced forward trying to run down a drop shot — didn’t faze her.
“It hurt, but it wasn’t the end of the world,” Williams said.