Serena or Osaka? We hit the NY streets to ask fans

US Open 2018 Live Women singles semifinal

This match has a feel of master and apprentice to it. Osaka, who is 20, is a long-time fan of Williams, 36.

"What were you saying to yourself at the end there", she was asked during the on-court interview after the win.

Adding consistency to her well-established power game, she has looked the part of a young Serena in dropping just a single set on her way to her first Grand Slam final. "I'm going to go out there and do what I can".

Williams has improved as the tournament has progressed but faces a stern challenge against the impressive Osaka, who like Williams has only lost one set during the fortnight in NY.

The crowd, whose bustle was amplified thanks to the closed roof, urged Williams on the entire time as Sevastova grew more and more emotional.

Another chance came and went in the eighth game and, although Keys was now serving superbly, she just could not find a way through. She will be seeking her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie the modern-day record of Margaret Court, who claimed her last championship in 1973. Then she started feeling better.

In August, when she felt like she was losing the drive to play tennis, she hired four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs as her new coach.

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 had to fight back tears as she said: "It's obviously really incredible".

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They say you should be wary of making a champion like Williams angry, but that was precisely what Osaka - the 20-year-old "next big thing" - did when the pair met in Miami back in March.

In case you hadn't noticed, Serena Williams is arguably the baddest athlete to ever walk this Earth.

Naomi Osaka rose to worldwide prominence previous year after defeating U.S. Open defending champion Angelique Kerber in the very first round through a stellar upset.

Her 10 WTA singles titles include one on the clay court at Stuttgart, a win that took even her by surprise.

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

Stosur takes on the number two-seeded pairing Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic with her partner, Chinese player Shuai Zhang, for a shot at the final.

Now that she knows it, it's only a matter of time before she makes it happen.

For Williams, the joy of giving birth for the first time last September was quickly followed by a series of complications that led to multiple life-saving surgeries.

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