Japanese Osaka makes history reaching first grand Slam final
Published : Friday, 7 September, 2018 at 12:23 PM Count : 133
Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final after beating American Madison Keys to set up a meeting with Serena Williams at the US Open.
Osaka, 20, had never beaten Keys in their previous three meetings, but won 6-2 6-4 in New York.
The 20th seed saw off 13 break points and clinically took those which came her way.
She meets 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams at 21:00 BST on Saturday.
Asked how she felt during the match, Osaka said: "This is going to sound really bad… but I was just thinking - I really wanted to play Serena. Because she's Serena."
Williams eased past Latvia's 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets earlier on Thursday.
Osaka was just one year old when Williams won her first Grand Slam in 1999.