US Open winner Sloane Stephens and world number one Simona Halep cruised into the final to set up a rematch of the French Open final.
But while the world number one cruised through her quarterfinal clash in straight sets, she made it very clear that she was unhappy playing three matches in two days.
The carnage of seeds at the world's premier grass court tennis tournament continued, with only one of the top 10 women's seeds remaining in the tournament at the fourth round.
Romanian and world number one Simona Halep broke Spaniard Garbine Muguruza's serve six times in a ruthless display to set up Saturday's final against US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Top seed Simona Halep faces Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals as the Romanian bids to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.
While Nadal dropped a set to win the mens titles, Elina Svitolina defended the women's title, scorching through to her title in a mere 67 minutes.
Twenty-times grand slam champion Roger Federer suffers a shock 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) defeat by Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Miami Open second round on Saturday.
The match started as a cagey affair until it reached 3-3 in the opening set before Halep’s game unraveled as she coughed up a litany of errors, paving the way for Osaka to reel off the next nine games without much resistance.
Hyeon Chung is the first Korean to reach the last four of a Grand Slam. On the women's side, Germany's Angelique Kerber Kerber is the only Grand Slam singles champion still in the draw.
Novak Djokovic beats Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in his first match since Wimbledon as Maria Sharapova has 6-1, 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria following her one-and-half-year ban.
Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal reminded us in 2017 why tennis is basking in an age of sporting wonders. And they could all continue their form into the coming year.
Romania's Simona Halep scores her first victory in eight attempts over Maria Sharapova in the third round of the China Open continuing in Beijing.
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