Tennis: Serena Williams makes US Open final, sets up clash with Naomi Osaka
Sep 07, 2018 Sports 3823 By Obiaks
Serena Williams will play Naomi Osaka in the US Open final after they came through on Thursday's semi-finals.
Six-time champion Williams cruised past Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 before Osaka made her first Grand Slam final by beating last year's runner-up Madison Keys 6-2 6-4.
Victory for Williams over Osaka in Saturday's final will equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Williams, 36, became a mother last year after suffering life-threatening blood clots during her pregnancy, and said post-match on Thursday: "To come from that, in the hospital bed, not being able to move and walk and do anything, now only a year later, I'm not training, but I'm actually in these finals, in two in a row.
"To come this far so fast - I'm really looking forward to the possibilities.
"I just feel like there's a lot of growth still to go in my game, that's actually the most exciting part," she said.
"Even though I'm not a spring chicken, I still have a very, very bright future."
Japan's Osaka is 16 years younger than Williams and will get the chance to play her heroine in the US Open final.
"It feels a little bit, like, surreal. Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final of a Grand Slam," Osaka said.
"At the same time I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match.
"I shouldn't really think of her as my idol. I should just try to play her as an opponent."
Osaka won her only previous match against Williams in March at the Miami Open.