A WTA spokesperson said Thursday:
“Today was an important day to take a break and think about how the tennis community can act for racial justice. Tomorrow, we will resume playing at the iconic USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the Western & Southern Open and then the next US Open. ”
Learn more: Play on pause at the Western & Southern Open
ORDER OF PLAY (all fields start at 11:00)
 Elise Mertens (BEL) v  [WC] Naomi Osaka (JPN)
 Johanna Konta (GBR) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
 Lucie Hradecka (CZE) / Andreja Klepac (SLO) vs.  Kveta Peschke (CZE) / Demi Schuurs (NED)
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) / Iga Swiatek (POL) v  Nicole Melichar (USA) / Yifan Xu (CHN)
Number 4 seeded Naomi Osaka got nine straight games to overturn her quarter-final match against Anett Kontaveit, winning 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and reaching her first Western & Southern Open semi-final.
Read more: Osaka contains Kontaveit in Cincy’s quarter-final second leg
Osaka will face Elise Mertens for the third time on Friday – the pair head-to-head record is tied to one win each, with the Japanese player claiming the win in his last fight last year in Osaka.
No.14 seed Mertens has only lost four games in her quarter-final win against American qualifier Jessica Pegula to book her first Premier 5 semifinal in Cincinnati.
Mertens had to go from clay to hard after reaching the final at the Prague Open, the second tournament on the European tour after a five-month hiatus.
Former champion Victoria Azarenka has yet to release a set this week in New York, and is the only non-seeded player to book her spot in the final four.
Read more: Azarenka revival stops Jabeur from reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati
In his first WTA semifinal since April 2019, Azarenka will face Number 8 suit Johanna Konta, who defeated Maria Sakkari, fresh from a serious upheaval on Serena Williams in the previous round.
Konta and Azarenka split their previous two completed fights, with the former winning 2018’s Coupe Rogers clash in two sets.