Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka target history in US Open final

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka target history in US Open final

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka target history in US Open final

Be careful what you wish for.

In the fevered atmosphere of the Arthur Ashe stadium, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams will be among those trying to live out the American dream.

But according to a recent article in The New York Times, her father, drawing inspiration from the path the Williams' sisters took to success, had already decided that he, too, could take his daughters Naomi and Mari to the top of the women's game. It would also give her a record-tying 24 Grand Slam victories.

Tennis is not as big in Japan as baseball, soccer or sumo, but Osaka's 6-2 6-4 semi-final win over Keys made the front pages of major local newspapers on Thursday - although it was dwarfed by news of the natural disaster that struck the northern island of Hokkaido earlier that day. "What better person to test yourself against than the greatest of all time".

Naomi Osaka is the youngest US Open women's finalist since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.

Hello and welcome to Flushing Meadows for the US Open women's final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

"For sure, we will have more athletes like her who are half-Japanese as athletes become more global", said Hiroshi Nakamura, a 65-year-old fan of Osaka, who works at a real estate asset management firm and plays tennis regularly. Osaka defeated Williams in their only prior meeting, which came at the Miami Open in March of this year. "I had one more to go still", she said. "I'm for sure going to watch it".

Williams and Osaka set up US Open showdown

Part of the fascination with Osaka is that she combines a genuine innocence and shyness with the killer instincts of an assassin reflected in her ruthless 6-0 6-0 third round demolition of Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The video, posted some 15 hours ago on social media, is a montage of home videos that capture precious moments of Serena with Olympia and snippets of an interview post her last match. "I don't dream to lose".

"I've been working hard on my volleys", Williams said of her aggressive game plan. When asked if she had any message to relay to her upcoming opponent, she giggled, "I love you". "But I'm on my way".

"It still feels really weird because I've never beaten Madison before", Osaka said. I just feel like not only is my future bright - even though I'm not a spring chicken, I still have a very, very bright future.

Meanwhile, Osaka's arrival hasn't come without streakiness.

Once Williams was in front, Sevastova said, there was no stopping her. They are "connected" by Sascha Bajin, who worked with Serena first and now with Osaka as coach.

"A lot of people counted her out because of the last few tournaments, " said Sillah, who also trains Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks.

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