Keys backs Naomi Osaka to challenge Serena Williams

Keys backs Naomi Osaka to challenge Serena Williams

With the exception of one set against Aryna Sabalenka-another forceful 20-year-old-Oskaka has been dazzling in this event, barely surrendering games, much less sets. "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. "So the fact that I made it to the quarterfinals and played some really good matches and I just competed as hard as I could, I mean [it's] a lot to be proud of".

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

Osaka, the 20th seed, earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 14 Keys.

It was the first time Osaka had defeated her American opponent in four career meetings. I think that happens because I feel like every day that I practice and there's no one watching, it sort of builds up to the moment where I can play on the big stadiums and I can play against the best tennis players.

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Madison Keys during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in NY.

Osaka, who is considered hafu or half Japanese, was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. But she discounts the Miami loss as being too early in her comeback from motherhood and the life-threatening pulmonary embolism that required four surgeries. "But the way she tries to speak in Japanese is so cute", said Yukie Ohashi, a 41-year-old Tokyo resident. "I'm for sure going to watch it". "From my name, they don't expect to see a black girl". She has all the raw tools necessary to win this match, and she's been the best player in the tournament thus far. She is now headed to the U.S. Open for the 9 time.

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 quake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido earlier that day. Keys was runner-up in last year's U.S. Open.

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

Serena Williams celebrates her win over Anastasija Sevastova in the U.S. Open semifinals on September 6.

Six-time champion Serena Williams roared into her ninth US Open final on Thursday with an emphatic 6-3, 6-0 victory over Anastasija Sevastova. She has never played a match of this magnitude. "I think if she plays like she did tonight, she can definitely give Serena a run for her money".

At the age of 17 Williams became the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson in 1958 to capture a Grand Slam singles championship. Australia's Margaret Court now holds the record. At the time, Osaka was not yet two years old.

Serena Williams has a shot at making history on Saturday at the US Open. She was the last of the top-10 women's seeds to survive at NY this year before ultimately losing to Serena, who avenged her 2016 defeat.

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