Simona Halep, world number two, says she will withdraw from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart due to an ongoing hip injury in the Fed Cup over the weekend.
Naomi Osaka is the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15 and has clearly marked herself as tennis' new star.
Serena Williams, who counts six US Open titles among her 23 Grand Slams, can match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors with another title at Flushing Meadows.
In a gruelling 2hour 41min battle, French Open champion Simona Halep prevailed 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4 over Sloane Stephens in a repeat of the duo's meeting in the final of Roland Garros earlier this year.
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.
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