Serena hobbled in loss; Azarenka, Osaka in final


Naomi Osaka has reached the U.S. Open final for the second time in three years, pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal.

The 2018 champion will meet Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. If it’s Williams, it would be a rematch of the final from two years ago, when Osaka won her first major title.

The hard-hitting match Thursday under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium swung when Osaka got her only break of the match to take a 3-1 lead in the third set.

Brady was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

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