24th September 04:50 AM
I always dreamed I would play my idol Serena Williams in a Grand Slam final - Osaka
By Lena Reece
Sunday 09/09/2018
Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final[Photo:BBC Sports]

Naomi Osaka says she always dreamed she would play her idol Serena Williams in a Grand Slam final after both reached this year's US Open decider.

A shy-looking 16-year-old Naomi Osaka posing with Serena Williams in July 2014 at a WTA tournament in Stanford[Photo:BBC Sports]

The 20‑year‑old became Japan's first female Grand Slam finalist by defeating last year's runner up Madison Keys in 2 sets at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Six‑time winner Williams is looking to match the record 24 Grand Slam titles won by Australian Margaret Court.

Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final in July and could win her first Grand Slam title since having daughter Olympia.

How Osaka marched to the final[Photo:BBC Sports]

The U.S Open Women’s final begins in this hour.

Meanwhile in the Men’s competition, Novak Djokovic will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the final at 8am tomorrow morning.

[Source:BBC Sports]

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