U.S. Open Final 2018: Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka Live

Osaka, who has power to match Williams’s, seems ready to counterpunch. Most points are ending off Williams’s racket, for better or worse.

Osaka won a long exchange of forehands in the third game to level it, and then converted the first break point of the match when Williams double-faulted.

Unsurprisingly, the crowd appears to be on Williams’s side. Shouts of “Let’s go, Serena!” came out before the match began. She was cheered on encouragingly after double-faulting in the second point of the match. When Osaka also double-faulted on her own second service point, the applause seemed to be more in response to Williams winning the point.


Naomi Osaka is playing her first Grand Slam final.

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‘I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t nervous’

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have walked onto Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open final, which will be officiated by chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

In a prematch interview, Osaka told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi that “of course I feel like I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t nervous.” She said she…

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