Playing her first Grand Slam final, the 20-year-old No.20 seed beat idol Serena for the second time in 2018, backing up her Miami Open stunner with a 79 minute victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium. On the other side, the 20-year-old Osaka could be the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan and the youngest women's champion at the U.S. Open since Maria Sharapova was 19 in 2006. When asked what she had gone through during the passage of play, the youngster said: "This is going to sound really bad but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena". "I couldn't have predicted this at all", said Williams. As for Osaka, I pegged her as one of a number of players who were good players but not quite good enough consistently to make the latter stages. "I think it would be really cool". It's incredible because Serena herself is incredible, but also because just a year ago, she was fighting for her life.
Williams had been given a first violation by Carlos Ramos for coaching earlier in the set, telling him that she'd "rather lose" than cheat. Osaka carved out two break points and although Keys saved the first one, she forced an error on the American's forehand to take a 3-2 lead. Although, she couldn't say who is the greatest between the Swiss and the Spaniard, but she expressed that it lifts her spirits when she is called a GOAT by some. Osaka won the match 6-3, 6-2.
Past year during the U.S. Open, Williams gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. If she gets No. 24, it would tie Margaret Court for the most major championships in tennis history; as it is, Williams owns the professional-era record of 23, because Court won some of hers against amateur competition. For her, it wasn't a competition, but for me, every day was a competition.
She made the break stand up, withstanding six break points in the next game.
The 23-time Grand Slam victor screamed at Ramos: 'Every time I play here, I have problems.
Serena Williams has, rightfully so, has earned the title as the best woman to ever play tennis.