"I know how to volley, I usually come in just to shake hands", said Williams. As she did against Sevastova, coming to the net, I have confidence that Serena will adjust her game accordingly to handle Osaka's power. "Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final of a Grand Slam".
Williams isn't anxious that their only prior meeting, at Miami in March, was a victory for Osaka.
Follow along with Saturday's final with our live updates. "I got a little emotional out there because a year ago I was literally fighting for my life in the hospital", she told the Times. While both have since said it wasn't the 23-time Grand Slam champion's best effort, and was just her fourth match back after maternity leave, Osaka still reveled in the moment.
Apart from the emotions around her comeback, a win today will help her equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles.
The ensemble was designed especially for Serena by Virgil Abloh and Nike, and she wore it on the day she played against Magda Linette at the competition. The video then goes on to show Serena in the hospital with her newborn. But, boy, he never gave up.
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As surprising as Serena Williams' easy march to the Open final became one year after blood-clot complications following childbirth, it's a real stunner the 20-year-old Osaka is still standing.
Keys had her chances but was unable to take any of four break points for a 3-1 lead in the first set. While Williams certainly appears to be very much on top of her game and has indicated no plans to walk away anytime soon, Osaka appears to be the future. "Since I already know she's a good player, I don't want to be surprised if she plays better or not".
It looks like Serena Williams' daughter Alexis Olympia has inherited her mom's sense of style. "To come this far this fast; I'm just beginning, you guys". She was so enraged that she skipped her post-match press commitments - incurring a fine by doing so - and drove home. Osaka has dreamed of playing Williams, the 17-seed, in the finals since she was a little girl. She was ready for this tournament. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year.
Soon the 23-time Grand Slam victor had reeled off five games in a row as she assumed complete control and the set followed swiftly after.