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Women’s US Open semi-finals tips: Williams and Keys to contest final?

Cian Carroll | 6 September 2018

A preview of both semi-finals

We’ve hit crunch time at Flushing Meadows as the women’s draw has been whittled down to the final four.

Serena Williams takes on Anastasija Sevastova, while Naomi Osaka clashes with Madison Keys. The Coral News Team preview both semi-finals, with odds and tips included.

Serena Williams (-6.5 games) to beat Anastasija Sevastova – 7/4

Williams is now just two wins away from a record 24th Grand Slam title. And she’s also on for being the oldest woman to ever win the US Open.

The 36-year-old has been in particularly dominant form over the last couple of weeks in New York. In fact, Williams has dropped just one set in the previous five rounds.

She blitzed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets and it feels like the US superstar finally has the bit between her teeth now with history in sight.

Sevastova is a fine player in her own right, too. And the Latvian has already knocked out some huge names in Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina. However, this is her first ever Slam semi and the pressure could be too much here.

Williams has had a fairly straightforward passage and should have too much experience, power, and quality.

Madison Keys to beat Naomi Osaka, Set Betting 2-1 – 11/4

The second semi-final between Keys and Osaka looks like it could be an absolute thriller.

The pair are still in the infancy of their careers but both are reasonably experienced at the business end of Grand Slams.

In fact, the pair met at this stage last year with Keys triumphing 2-1 in sets. The American star was 5-1 down in the decider, taking the match on a third-set tiebreak.

Osaka is a cracking player and reasonably big hitter from the baseline. But Keys has won on each occasion the duo have met, including this year’s French Open.

Keys also has the edge in terms of Slam experience, making three of the last five Slams. And she was a beaten finalist to Sloane Stephens here last year.

Expect it to be tight, but Keys to triumph once again.

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