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Williams will compete for her seventh US Open title at Flushing Meadows this weekend

Serena Williams swept past Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 on Thursday and into the final of the U.S. Open to sit one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title to continue her remarkable return to the top levels of the game after she nearly died while having a baby a year ago.

Naomi Osaka is 20 years old.

After killing it her semifinal round, Osaka said in her post game interview she went extra hard specifically so she could play against Williams, according to BBC.

"She was playing unbelievable tennis", he said. Osaka won the match 6-3, 6-2. Not as cool as Naomi Osaka, but cool. She then dealt with complications related to blood clots. "At the same time I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match".

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Madison Keys during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in NY.

Osaka's family relocated to the United States when she was three years old, eventually settling in Long Island, New York and later in Florida. A solid game plan should help her test the American great but it's easier said than done. And the way she acts on court is very Japanese.

"I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak", Osaka told reporters at USA Today.

"I felt like I've lost a lot of matches against players like this. From my name, they don't expect to see a black girl".

"Every day I step out on this court I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport". The athlete, who is representing Japan, beat American and fellow-biracial tennis player Madison Keys in straight sets Thursday night. Keys was runner-up in last year's U.S. Open.

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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.

Osaka and Nishikori had already made history as the first Japanese duo to reach the women's and men's semi-finals at the same Slam.

Williams doesn't know how much she can take from that March meeting with Osaka, but she feels certain that she'll do better in the rematch.

Osaka's dream has come true.

Serena Williams will equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record if she defeats Grand Slam debutant Naomi Osaka in the US Open final on Saturday.

But Bouchard flamed out in spectacular style, never getting close to the potential predicted for her.

A win Saturday would be Williams' first Grand Slam title as a mother.

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.

"I think if she plays like she did tonight, she can definitely give Serena a run for her money, " Keys said. At the time, Osaka was not yet two years old. When asked if she had any message to relay to her upcoming opponent, she giggled, "I love you".

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