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Osaka beats Serena to win first Grand Slam title

09 September, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Williams and Sevastova shake hands at the net after their match

The 20-year-old, who faces idol and 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the US Open final on Saturday, is also helping break new ground in Japan due to her multiracial identity: the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother.

It took Williams just 66 minutes to seal her place in Saturday's championship match.

Williams, considered one of the all-time greats in tennis, has a fan in Osaka, who considers the historic final her "dream match", according to TIME.

Osaka, seeded 20th, became the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys - last year's beaten finalist.

"I like to sweat", Osaka declared of the punishing heat and humidity that has brought bigger names to their knees.

Clean winners from a neutral baseline position, the kind that Serena has made her whole career, could leave the 36-year-old wondering if she has enough.

What time does the US Open 2018, Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka Final match begin? "But again, I'm not trying to put too much pressure on myself". Here's everything you should know about her.

Rafael Nadal retires to send Juan Martin del Potro into the final!
He said: "Just something that I felt, but I try always during the tournaments don't speak much about this kind of things". The Spaniard survived a scare at the beginning of the second, saving two break points to hold at 1-1.

The ensemble was designed especially for Serena by Virgil Abloh and Nike, and she wore it on the day she played against Magda Linette at the competition.

Naomi and Mari Osaka have been compared to Venus and Serena Williams in the past.

Another couple of breaks followed as she fed the Latvian a bagel, and the American will contest her 31st major final at the weekend.

"So no matter what happens in any match, I already feel like I have already won".

"I definitely wasn't at my best", said Williams, now in her seventh tournament back.

Williams isn't anxious that their only prior meeting, at Miami in March, was a victory for Osaka.

"I've been working hard on my volleys", Williams said of her aggressive game plan. "I wanted to try something different today and it worked". "I'm going to go out there and do what I can". Remarkably, the following year, Cliff Drysdale and Ray Moore defeated Roy Emerson and Ron Barnes, 29-31, 8-6, 3-6, 8-6, 6-2, to reach the semifinals. "Help me make sure she sees it!"

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