Serena to play fan girl Osaka in US Open final

Serena to play fan girl Osaka in US Open final

The 20-year-old became Japan's first female Grand Slam finalist by defeating last year's runner up Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows in NY.

Osaka might be the biggest Serena fan inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.

Williams, who is approaching her 37th birthday at the end of the month, said of her return: "This is just the beginning".

Serena Williams of the United States of America hits to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in a semifinal match on day eleven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

She was one win away at Wimbledon before being dismantled by Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final but Williams has looked even sharper on home soil and it will take a monumental effort to stop her.

Just a year on from giving birth to her first child, the 36-year-old American is on the verge of one of the greatest sporting stories - and she's looking virtually unstoppable. I'd suggest that this final is symptomatic of a current group of players with no outstanding candidate and are largely capable of beating each other. She holds both Japanese and American citizenship, and is far more adept in English than she is in her mother tongue. Osaka hits a brutal ball and has been a revelation this event, but she's essentially mini-Serena.

The crowd, whose bustle was amplified thanks to the closed roof, urged Williams on the entire time as Sevastova grew more and more emotional.

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Indeed, she gets Williams, who has lost only one set in the entire tournament (H/T to Kaia Kanepi).

In August, when she felt like she was losing the drive to play tennis, she hired four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs as her new coach. "She's a really good player". No, but I don't think she'll need it against Osaka.

"It was hard. You think she's going to let up but she didn't".

I'll get this out here right now - I didn't anticipate Serena Williams versus Naomi Osaka to be the women's final.

The first thing Williams did after her win: spend time with her daughter. "Every time I step out on this court I'm so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport". Osaka is a future Grand Slam champion. The Czech, who had never made it past the third round of a Major till then, was about to play the biggest match of her career. In one instance at the start of the second set against Keys, Osaka saved six break points, sealing a 2-0 lead with two straight aces.

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