Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka, US Open 2018 final

Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka, US Open 2018 final

Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka, US Open 2018 final

Serena Williams will equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record if she defeats Grand Slam debutant Naomi Osaka in the US Open final on Saturday.

When asked if she had anything to say to Williams, Osaka gushed: "I love you" before bursting into nervous laughter, the Times reported. "Now only a year later, I'm not training, but I'm actually in these finals, in two in a row", Williams continued, referring also to her advance to the Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will play the U.S. Open women's final with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She also beat Williams in Miami in March - just two years after her first appearance at a Slam at the Australian Open.

Osaka's family relocated to the United States when she was three years old, eventually settling in Long Island, New York and later in Florida.

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Sevastova got off to the ideal start - using all the tricks in her locker to secure an early break - but she was quickly pegged back amid relentless pressure from the American.

The daughter of a Japanese mother and Haitian father, the charismatic Osaka has offered signs that she possesses all the talent and personality necessary to fill the void that will be left when the likes of the Williams sisters and Sharapova eventually retire.

It was the first time Osaka had defeated her American opponent in four career meetings. Williams then had to take time off from tennis because of her hard birth experience.

Following her fourth round win over Aryna Sabalenka, Osaka broke into tears of joy but after her quarterfinal thrashing of Tsurenko, she remained stonefaced having been stung by people poking fun at her crying.

"She sees her as the queen she wants to emulate and compete against, " Osaka's physio, Abdul Sillah, told The Post, wearing a Yankees ballcap following the semifinal victory over Madison Keys. "So no matter what happens in any match - semis, finals - I just feel like I've already won".

A year after Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka were both caught up in a whirlwind of conflicting emotions, both will be trying to make history in the U.S. Open final on Saturday. "If my sister wasn't there", Naomi said on Thursday night, "I don't think I would have made it".

"This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking 'I really want to play Serena.'"
She was ready for this tournament. I've been watching Serena Williams and Venus Williams play the game of tennis since their 1st Grand Slam. She helps us all to believe that beauty is defined by your soul, your fire and your scars. "I'm really looking forward to the possibilities".

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