Serena Williams has reached the final of the US Open for the first time in four years after defeating Anastasija Sevastova semi-final.
"I love you" and a laugh to hype herself up for the 36-year-old Williams, who is vying for her 24th career Grand Slam and playing in her 31st final and her seventh US Open final. She really loves Serena.
Saturday will be the fulfilment of Osaka's childhood dream of facing Williams in a Grand Slam final.
In an on-court interview with ESPN, Osaka was questioned on how she continued to deny her opponent a break and provoked laughter with her response. It's a feel-good story no matter who wins on Saturday. "Well, I hope I'm starting to play like her now".
Osaka defeated Williams in the Miami Open earlier this year, but the version of Williams she'll see Saturday will be different.
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"When you just come back and then you make the finals of two slams, I think that's really awesome", added Osaka in reference to Williams's runner-up spot at Wimbledon in July.
"I'm just going to go out there and play".
"I thought I could get a break but every time she would hit an ace or a big shot", said the 23-year-old. Osaka's victory came in an unusual manner, as the Japanese player was frequently in hot water with her serve, but survived by going a flawless 13-for-13 in break points. "She was very impressive".