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Serena, Osaka meet semifinals rivals tonight, 2020 US OPEN, begins 6pmCT

Top-seeded Black tennis stars vie for final berth

Dwight Casimere | 9/10/2020, 2:32 p.m.
Tonight's battle may set up reprise of 2018 Osaka, Serena clash

Tonight's semifinal match at the 2020 US OPEN could be the stage setting for a repeat of the dramatic and still controversial upset match between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams of September 8, 2018. Osaka won the match in a tantrum and tear filled upset victory, preceded by a penalty inducing tirade by Serena that could have been the deciding factor.

Serena faces the Belarus bombshell Victoria Azarenca, who has defeated her in the past. Naomi Osaka faces the American rising star Jennifer Brady in the following match. Both will compete in a fan-less Arthur Ashe stadium. To be sure, the stands and suites will be filled with a full compliment of their competing players and their coaches, who will watch with relish. Even without screaming crowds, the action and the atmosphere will be electric. On ESPN, ESPN.Com and usopen.org. Click on WATCH LIVE in the upper right hand corner of the site to watch all the action online.