The pair appeared evenly poised within the opening set till Williams broke within the seventh recreation. With a 5-Three benefit, she held serve to take the primary set.
It was her positive serving type that proved to be Williams’ best asset in Toronto, hitting 12 aces in whole and profitable 82% of factors on her first serve.
She broke Osaka early within the second set and held out to assert the victory, sealing the competition with an ace after Osaka had saved three match factors.
The American has but to drop a set thus far within the event and can now face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova within the last 4 in a bid to win her fourth Rogers Cup title.
After the match, Osaka spoke of her admiration for Williams, whom she has crushed on their two earlier conferences.
“That is somebody that I regarded as much as without end,” mentioned the two-time Grand Slam champion.
“So in a bizarre method, dropping immediately I achieved my dream. I do know that sounds type of bizarre, however, you already know, if there’s anybody on the earth that I’d need to lose to — after all I’d by no means need to lose — however I do not thoughts dropping to her as a result of I realized so much.
“And that is somebody that I type of modeled my recreation after after I was little. So that is such an enormous studying expertise for me.”
The 21-year-old has beforehand dubbed Williams her “tennis mother.” When requested about this in her post-match interview, Williams, who’s 16 years Osaka’s senior, quipped that she’s “roughly her tennis grandma.”
“It was a greater match for me immediately,” she continued. “We have not performed since New York, which was a very good match for her. I simply wished to return out and try to win a set this time as a result of she’s crushed me twice.
“I simply wished to do the very best I might immediately.”