This was two of the candidates to take over the mantle from Williams when she does finally hang up her racket slugging it out on the biggest stage in the sport.
"I shouldn't think of her as my idol, just as an opponent", said Osaka.
After the match, Williams posted this beautifully wholesome post to her Instagram with the caption: "Did Momma win?". Osaka defeated Williams in their only prior meeting, which came at the Miami Open in March of this year. "I'm for sure going to watch it". Osaka overcame a terrible Open tuneup season that left her crying three weeks ago in the Cincinnati locker room. In order to avoid too many lengthy exchanges from the baseline, Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, thought it made more sense to press Sevastova.
Osaka has demonstrated extreme composure to go along with her power game and has only dropped one set while carving a path into the final. She is now headed to the U.S. Open for the 9 time. She is looking for a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy that would tie Margaret Court for the most in tennis.
"Having a child and having all the duties of a mother and trying to come back and trying to play at the elite level and she's doing it".
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But Williams will represent the stiffest test yet for Osaka after also cruising mostly unchallenged into the final, her only real blip coming in the fourth round when she needed three sets to get by Estonian Kaia Kanepi.
"It's honestly really incredible", she said of reaching a second Grand Slam final of the year, after a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.
Asked if Williams is the best player in the world despite being ranked 26th, Sevastova said: "It's tough to say". Since then, Williams has gone on to win 23 grand slam champion titles.
At Williams' first Open in 1999, Osaka was 11 months old.
In case you hadn't noticed, Serena Williams is arguably the baddest athlete to ever walk this Earth. To celebrate the tennis star's return to the US Open final, a year after giving birth to daughter, Olympia, Serena's husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has shared a heartwarming video that's left many moved. So that contrast between her looks and her name makes her even more charismatic to Japanese people.
Already in her short career, Osaka has become known for defeating several top players in women's tennis.