Serena Williams Is One Step Closer to More Sporting Immortality

Naomi Osaka had a straight-sets win over Madison Keys

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Osaka had beaten Serena in their only meeting on the tour - Miami Masters earlier this year when the latter had just returned from her maternity leave.

In the past, whenever a Grand Slam tournament ended without Williams holding the trophy, there was always the belief she could simply win the next one.

"It's really hard to convey how big of a deal [winning No.24] is because the thing that rolls off the tongue for me is that she's trying to tie the all-time record set by Margaret Court".

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She is also not prone to erratic play, which has been crucial in her wins, and there is nary a wild shot to be seen off the racquet of Osaka. After beating Keys, Osaka was asked if she had a message for Williams."I love you?" she replied. She went through defending champion Jennifer Capriati in the semifinals, then defeated her sister Venus in the final.

Playing under Japan's flag, Osaka trains under the helm of her coach Sascha Bajin who is incidentally Williams' former hitting partner. A dual citizen of both Japan and the United States, Osaka competes for Japan since the Japanese Tennis Association committed more resources to her development.

The American pulled out a few old tricks of her own to catch Sevastova off guard. "I'm for sure going to watch it". Every day I step on this court I'm so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport.

"She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women's rights".

Last year, Naomi Osaka snatched our attention by doing the unthinkable and defeating then-reigning U.S. Open champion Angie Kerber.

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Serena Williams has a chance to make history on Saturday at the US Open. Osaka found herself serving for the set and she closed it out in 37 minutes.

"Just the fact that it's happening, I'm very happy about it".

With Williams and Osaka ranking first and fourth in aces this fortnight, respectively, big serving will be on display in the women's final, and breaks will be at a premium.

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player slated to face off against Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open women's final match.

Meanwhile, Osaka's arrival hasn't come without streakiness. She rides a straight-set thumping of Madison Keys in Thursday's semifinals.

The veteran American had also been beaten in her previous two semifinals at Flushing Meadows, in 2015 and 2016, but is now on the brink of glory in NY following a sensational display on a stormy night.

A year ago, Williams missed the U.S. Open because she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, during the tournament. Let's go back to the beginning.

A win Saturday would be Williams' first Grand Slam title as a mother.

In capturing her seventh Wimbledon title in 2016, Williams also matched Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slams in the Open Era. Australia's Margaret Court now holds the record.