Haitian-Japanese trailblazer Naomi Osaka will face 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final on Saturday, September 8, 2018, after defeating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in New York.
When asked how she felt during the match, Osaka said: “This is going to sound really bad… but I was just thinking – I really wanted to play Serena. Because she’s Serena.”
Osaka was just one year old when Williams won her first Grand Slam in 1999.
Naomi Osaka’s message to Serena before they face each other in the US Open final? “I love you.”
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