Six-time champion Serena Williams storms into US Open final

Six-time champion Serena Williams storms into US Open final

Six-time champion Serena Williams storms into US Open final

Asked why that was the case, she added: "Because she's Serena!" Two and a half years later, Williams herself will be testing that herself while Osaka lives out a dream. Her opponent is her idol: Serena Williams.

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

"So no matter what happens in any match, I already feel like I have already won". "Well, I hope I'm starting to play like her now".

She will now meet 23-time slam singles champion Williams, who won her first title in NY 19 years ago and thumped Anastasija Sevastova prior to Osaka's win over Keys on Thursday. A win would tie Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam singles title in tennis history with 24 and would mark her first Grand Slam title since giving birth last September.

The 36 year old American will compete in her 31st Grand Slam final and ninth US Open final. The Miami Open was Williams' second tournament back, and since then she's made the fourth round of the French Open, the finals in Wimbledon and now the US Open final. But I don't want to overthink this match, so I'm not going to think that she's so much better than she was in Miami.

Osaka was asked to send a message to Serena after defeating Madison Keys in straight sets on Thursday, and her message was pure as they come. "I thought I could get a break but every time she would hit an ace or a big shot", said the 23-year-old who carved out 13 break points which were all saved by the Japanese star. Osaka's victory came in an unusual manner, as the Japanese player was frequently in hot water with her serve, but survived by going a ideal 13-for-13 in break points. "I was really impressed by her and wanted to play like her when I was little".

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