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Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady in three sets to reach U.S. Open final

Naomi Osaka (pictured) will face either 23-time major champion Serena Williams or two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Naomi Osaka (pictured) will face either 23-time major champion Serena Williams or two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 10 (UPI) -- No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka moved one step closer to her third Grand Slam title with a win over Jennifer Brady in the U.S. Open semifinals Thursday in Queens, N.Y.

Osaka, 22, beat the 28th-seeded Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3 to return to the final at Flushing Meadows just two years after winning the U.S. Open championship.

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"It means a lot for me. I kind of consider New York my second home," said Osaka, who was born in Japan and moved to the United States as a child. "I kind of love the atmosphere, even though there's no people here. I feel like this court kind of suits me well."

Osaka and Brady combined for 70 winners -- 35 each -- to only 42 unforced errors. Brady, a 25-year-old from Pennsylvania, had never been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament before this week.

Osaka will face either 23-time major champion Serena Williams or two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final. Williams entered that semifinal matchup with an 18-4 record over Azarenka, including a 10-0 mark in Grand Slam tournaments.

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In the men's semifinals, No. 20 seed Pablo Carreno Busta plays fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev takes on second-seeded Dominic Thiem on Friday.

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Serena Williams returns the ball to her sister, Venus, during their match at the Lipton Tennis Championship in Key Biscayne, Fla., on March 28, 1998. Venus Williams, defeated her sister 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Photo by Susan Knowles/UPI | License Photo

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