Serena Williams competes for a 24th major title at the US Open on Saturday, with Naomi Osaka out to deny her idol and become Japan's first Grand Slam champion. One of the two will make history on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Williams won the first of his six US Open titles at the age of 17. Osaka was not yet two years old and the 20-year-old admits he is "surrealist". "Thinking that she will face the woman who inspired her career as a tennis player in her first Grand Slam final." The youngest to reach a US Open final since 2009, Osaka showed balance and mental strength by saving the 13 break points she faced. In a semifinal victory over American Madison Keys, her powerful running game has taken her to the final with the loss of just one set, her contagious enthusiasm for the peculiar challenges of the US Open has won her a legion of fans along the way.
Live tennis updates of the match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, US Open Final 2018 at Arthur Ashe Stadium
12:35 IST: Quick statistics on Serena Williams:
Serena Williams has won the Grand Slam title in singles 23 times.
open from Australia (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
open French (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
United States open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
12:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live comments of the open women's final match of the US Open. UU Between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
And he will do it against Williams, who is in the same way looking for his first Grand Slam title since the birth of his daughter Olympia on September 1, 2017.
A year ago, at this time, Williams was in the middle of four postnatal surgeries.
After tantalizingly approaching Australia's Margaret Court record of 24 Grand Slam titles with a Wimbledon finalist, Williams says the milestone is not her primary focus.
With a seventh US Open title to go with those he won in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014, he can break a tie with Chris Evert by more than ever.
Williams says it's hard to gauge how close he is to his best dominant position, but there's no question that he's playing well above his 26th world ranking and even the 17th placement given by US Open officials.
She leads the tournament with 64 aces and has broken only six times in six games, while Osaka has dropped her serve only four times.