Serena Williams advances to US Open final with eyes on record

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her US Open semi-final win over Anastasija Sevastova

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her US Open semi-final win over Anastasija Sevastova

But Osaka didn't crack a smile.

"This is going to sound bad, but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena", said Osaka, smiling.

While Williams has already topped Stefi Graf's old record of 22 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, she also has a chance to pull even with Court's all-time total of 24, only 11 of which were claimed in the Open Era. "If it doesn't happen, I'll keep trying for the next one". "So every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport, you know?"

It has been two years since her big moment, but Pliskova is still searching for her first Grand Slam title.

Saturday's encounter will be the pair's second encounter after they met in the first round of the Miami Open with Osaka easing to a 6-3 6-2 victory, with Williams featuring in only the second event of her comeback from maternity leave. "I think after I passed that stage, then I was fine again", she said. But Osaka struggled from there. She was handed early exits at the Citi Open, the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati. No, but I don't think she'll need it against Osaka.

Safe to say, those losses feel like a lifetime ago. She did not yet know the identity of her quarterfinal opponent: Serena, who had won the first set with a bagel, or the 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, who had pushed Serena to a third. Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, had nothing but praise for Osaka after the match. "I shouldn't really think of her as my idol". It will be a really good match. "And when I go to Japan people are confused".

She's not alone in her complimentary words.

"Osaka could be just the kind of star that tennis needs", Bob Dorfman, sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising told Reuters.

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She announced herself in NY previous year when she caused an upset to knock out defending US Open champion and world number six Angelique Kerber in the first round. If not the present.

"When she's in front it's tough to play", she said. Her bare-bones technique - just toss the ball and hit it - is also what makes it so hard to read.

Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. Then she started feeling better.

If Naomi Osaka is to lose tonight against Serena Williams, she'll only have herself to blame.

For Williams, the joy of giving birth for the first time last September was quickly followed by a series of complications that led to multiple life-saving surgeries.

"Because she's Serena", Osaka said. At Wimbledon she had six matches in her and, you sensed, simply didn't have the wattage for a seventh. With the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, it feels as if she would only become more desirable to companies as one of the host country's top athletes.

Another couple of breaks followed as she fed the Latvian a bagel, and the American will contest her 31st major final at the weekend. "I love you (Serena)".

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