Serena Williams took revenge for her US Open finals defeat last September against Naomi Osaka, defeating the Japanese talent 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at the WTA event in Toronto.
Williams is making up for lost time as she prepares for the start of the US open later this month as she chases a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam singles title.
Williams proved that he game is starting to jell as she kept Osaka form any break chances in the blustery but dry conditions.
Williams will aim for her second straight final after Wimbledon when she plays Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who advanced 6-4 when holder Halep retired injured.
Meanwhile in Montreal, Rafael Nadal settled in after Fabio Fognini went on a tear, with the steady Spaniard moving closer to the defence of his Masters title with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win into the semi-finals.
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