US Open tennis: Women's singles final pits Serena Williams against Naomi Osaka

Elena Summers
September 8, 2018

There so much on the line at Arthur Ashe Stadium today. For a full preview, we've got you covered here.

As for the black tutu look: Williams wore it when she defeated Magda Linette a little while ago. I'm only a few months in and really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will face off for the second time in career on professional Tour.

The 20-year-old breakout star of the tournament swept into the record books and Saturday's championship match against the 23-time major victor with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Madison Keys, the runner-up in 2017.

Stanley Kay: Serena's serve will be critical.

Her big serves are supplemented by brutally heavy ground-strokes. Her opponent will be the victor of the match between fellow American Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka of Japan. If she's sad, she's going to show it.

Jamie Lisanti: Serena Williams is a 36-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam champion who has been here many times before.

Osaka, 20, the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final, said she had admired Williams since she was a child. As always, her serve will also be a key to the match-she leads the tournament with 64 aces and she's won almost 80% of points on her first serve through six rounds. I knew what to expect.

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. To say the stars are aligned is an understatement. Then she started feeling better.

JW: 1. Managing the moment.

But Bouchard flamed out in spectacular style, never getting close to the potential predicted for her. Use that as an advantage, not an impediment. 2.

Williams and Osaka set up US Open showdown
Naomi Osaka stands in way of her idol Serena Williams

"When she's in front it's tough to play", she said. Lean on the staff. Stay in this zone.

Naomi Osaka is 20 years old.

In fact, win or lose on Saturday, it feels as if this is a coronation of sorts for Osaka as tennis' next big thing. The tennis legend topped Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday to reach the U.S. Open finals. Her victory over the unsafe and resurgent Victoria Azarenka at the All England Club this year, which lasted all of 72 minutes, was testament to her true abilities.

Naomi Osaka celebrates match point against Madison Keys in a women's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2018 US Open tennis tournament in New York September 6, 2018.

"Previously I've felt like maybe I didn't play as well". And Sevastova's penchant for drop shots did not pay off: She lost three points in the first set alone with miscues that landed on the wrong side of the net. In order to avoid too many lengthy exchanges from the baseline, Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, thought it made more sense to press Sevastova. She was ready for this tournament. She needs to get her teeth into the match early and not let Serena get ahead. "Well, I hope I'm starting to play like her now".

But even if it's not Saturday, she believes it will happen.

JW: You have to go with sentimentality as well as experience and pick Serena.

No one is more excited about this, though, than Osaka herself. "She is always surprising". But I'm also playing a sport professionally. But I'll take Serena in three sets.

Known for her candid remarks to the media, she said in 2016 her ambitions were, "to be the very best, like no one ever was".

"I shouldn't think of her as my idol, just as an opponent", said Osaka.

"I have great volleys, or else I wouldn't have won so many Grand Slam doubles titles".

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