Japan Duo Make History

Japan Duo Make History

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka have made history after they both booked their place in the semi-finals of the US Open.

Nishikori beat Marin Cilic in a thrilling five-set match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Osaka cruised through when beating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1.

They have now become the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semi-final of a grand slam event for the first time and will be looking to make even more history by going all the way.

Nishikori defeated Cilic 4-6 6-4 7-6 4-6 6-4 and will now play either Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Australian John Millman in the last four.

“It was really tough,” Nishikori said in his on-court interview. “Especially in the end. I was up and he came back. It’s always a battle with Marin.

“I wish I don’t go to five sets every time. I try to fight every point even though I was really tired. Especially in the end I focused again. I always focus every point at a time.”

Meanwhile, Osaka dropped just two games and will play American Madison Keys or Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in the last four.

“I was freaking out inside,” Osaka said. “My entire body was shaking, so I’m glad I was able to play well.”

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