Rogers Cup: Naomi Osaka beaten by Serena Williams but back on top of world rankings



Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams at the Rogers Cup
Naomi Osaka (left) was facing Serena Williams for the first time since their 2018 US Open final

Naomi Osaka will return to the top of the women’s tennis world rankings despite losing to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.

Williams’ meeting with Osaka was the first since last year’s US Open final when the American argued with the umpire late in the match and Osaka was awarded a game as a penalty on her way to winning a first Grand Slam title.

Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, is yet to drop a set this week in Toronto. “It’s definitely not where I want to be, but I’m getting there,” she said.

Bouzkova, ranked 91st in the world, progressed to the semis after her opponent Simona Halep retired hurt having lost the first set 6-4.

Andreescu, 19, is currently 22nd in the rankings and will play Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals after the American defeated Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

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Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova missed the chance to return to the top of the world rankings
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