With two U.S. Open wins, Osaka has won all of her Grand Slam trophies on hardcourts but Fissette said success on Wimbledon grass and French Open clay was just a matter of time. For Osaka, that is part of a 12-0 record so far in the quarter-finals and beyond at the majors. The feature of Williams-Osaka semifinal battle was the number of service breaks throughout the match. I think it was just super high quality throughout.
I remember watching this entire match, and it was a very tight game, I think Maria had some chances, but Naomi won that match 6-4, 6-4. She also won the US Open in 2018, and the Australian Open in 2019.
In Saturday's final, Osaka will lock horns against American Jennifer Brady.
Eventual champion Osaka prevailed 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 in a nerve-jangling encounter, dubbed by some as the best match of the truncated 2020 season. "And then the ceremony for her, I remember when she got up to speak and thank everyone, it was nearly, a little bit shocking right because I think she was so nervous and it was the first tournament she'd ever won on the tour, and it's such a big one, and she was so shy".
This was a big step up in competition during this tournament for Brady, who had not faced anyone ranked in the top 25 nor anyone who previously appeared in so much as one Grand Slam semifinal. "I think about that match a lot".
"The winner's name is the one that's engraved", said third seed Osaka.
She has yet to lose a Grand Slam match after reaching the quarter-final stage, but faces a different scenario on Saturday as the most experienced player. "I think I didn't hit as many forehands as I would have liked to today from the middle of the court", Brady said then. "I can't fully base everything on that match, but definitely it's something to reference".
Having not lost a set until surviving a three-set thriller to Karolina Muchova in the semis, Brady knows she's in for a fight against a player she long believed was destined for stardom.
"We grew up playing junior local tournaments in Florida", she said.
And she breaks! Osaka hits the net again. She's gonna be good.
That was part of the six-game run that put Osaka ahead 4-0 in the second and she was on her way.
Brady, who "didn't really like" tennis a youngster but rekindled her love for the sport at college, has revelled in self-belief since her breakthrough in NY, but admitted the cauldron of a Slam final will be a new experience.