Serena, Osaka ready to write history in US Open final

Williams has been ruthless in her progression through the draw

The undeniable goat Serena Williams is through to her ninth US Open Final after cruising through the semi against Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0.

The US Open 2018, Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka Final match will be played at the Arthur Ashe stadium.

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Her overriding aim as she served for the match, Osaka said, was "Don't double fault". "I should just try to play her as an opponent".

Osaka, the 20th seed, earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 14 Keys. I'd suggest that this final is symptomatic of a current group of players with no outstanding candidate and are largely capable of beating each other.

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Instead, the Japanese No. 1 will need to pick her spots wisely. Osaka overcame a frightful Open tuneup season that left her crying three weeks ago in the Cincinnati locker room. After losing the match, Pliskova pretended to offer her hand up for Mrozinska to shake but whipped it away and began hammering at the towered chair with her racquet.

Sevastova took the first two games in her first semifinal at a major tournament as Williams needed a few minutes to settle herself and get her timing down.

But with six titles in NY she needs just one more to surpass Chris Evert for most all-time - and she needs just one more Grand Slam title to equal Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24.

She later made her Grand Slam debut at the 2016 Australian Open and reached the third round of the 2016 French Open.

Osaka was only a year old when Williams won her first slam title here in 1999.

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"I just tried to think that I've never been in this situation before, [and] I'm just really happy to be here".

The Japanese saved two more break points in her next service game and then it was Keys's turn to get rattled.

At the age of 17 Williams became the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson in 1958 to capture a Grand Slam singles championship. Her 12 month hard court data isn't elite level either, but these last two weeks in NY have demonstrated that she's somewhere towards her best, and in the last three months on hard court (including her disaster display against Jo Konta) she's held 80.7% and broken 44.2% (combined 124.9%).

The dual-citizen says going to Japan feels like a "super-awesome vacation" rather than home, but will have the hopes of a nation behind her when she faces Williams.

But after Williams stormed back to even things at 2-2, 40-40, Sevastova deployed her favourite tool, her drop shot, and it failed her, skidding down the side of the net and landing on her side of the court.

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