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Serena Williams advances to US Open final with eyes on record

09 September, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

"How the first set went it affected me in the second a little bit", she said.

The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first slam victor, but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match. "It was good that I played her because I kind of know how she plays now", Williams said.

"I really feel like 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". Williams struggled to handle Osaka's serves, and seemed to be on her heels the entire time. While Williams is generally considered one of the greatest tennis players in history, Osaka is clearly a player on the rise, someone whose stinging strokes and veteran's calm have marked her as a future star. "I have never cheated in my life, I have a daughter and I stand what's right for her".

The Japanese youngster served out the opening set, but the match was far from over as Serena snapped Osaka's streak of saving 22 straight break points in her last three matches came to an end after a long fourth game in the second set. "I think Naomi can stay with her".


"Even when I was a little kid I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final at a Grand Slam". I'd suggest that this final is symptomatic of a current group of players with no outstanding candidate and are largely capable of beating each other.

The world number 26 has raised quite a few eyebrows with the level of tennis she had been playing over the last few months.

Standing in her way is Osaka, now 20, and on track to become the sport's next superstar. "Now only a year later, I'm not training, but I'm actually in these finals, in two in a row", Williams continued, referring also to her advance to the Wimbledon final.

As Serena trailed 4-3, she continued ranting and called Ramos a "thief" during a changeover. But because of her prior warning, Serena was assessed a point penalty, which gave Osaka a 15-0 lead in the 1-1 service game.

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