Serena Williams advanced to her ninth U.S. Open final after dispatching Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY on Thursday.

No. 17 Williams got off to a slow start, dropping the first two games of the opening set before overpowering No. 18 Sevastova, mainly at the net.

Williams, 36, faces Japan’s power hitter Naomi Osaka, 20, in the women’s singles final on Saturday.

A victory over Osaka on Saturday will give Williams a record-tying 24 Grand Slam singles titles and her first Grand Slam title as a new mom. Williams’s daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian turned 1 last Saturday.
 

Osaka, the 19th seed, beat No. 13 Madison Keys in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals on Thursday night.

Osaka becomes the first Japanese woman to ever reach a Grand Slam final. The 5-foot-11 tennis star has already beaten Williams in Miami in March.

Osaka now has a chance to beat Williams again to become the first Japanese woman to ever win a Grand Slam title.

The biracial Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and a Haitan dad.

Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile when truth is revealed about Serena that’s when I will speak on her (it)…. have fun now Serena your day is coming … just saying and I ain’t supporting you … #Blewp

  • Ebony Starr

    Congratulations to both ladies. I will be there for it.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    U just had to go there uh Lol. It’s a blow to all the top players to know they ‘cannot’ beat an aging player ???

  • dontgetblocked

    Serena looks very nice in her ballerina outfit. However, some of her pictures are scary…very scary.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    I’ve decided…… ohanian is feeding serena testosterone via his semen.

  • Jethro

    Naomi beat a newly returning Serena in March, not the one she’ll be across the net from tomorrow. 24! ??

  • Bashi22

    Thoroughbred Serena William will win

  • sunni_daze

    Serena is GOAT!!!

  • Bashi22

    What truth about Serena

  • Tiff J

    Osaka… is that a Japanese or a Haitian last name? I was thinking her father was the Japanese one with a last name like that.

  • Gloria

    Whats the tea on Serena?

  • Soda

    Her mom’s last name is Osaka. I guess using her last name makes Naomi more accepted by the Japanese she represents, even though she grew up in the USA.

  • Yardgirl

    The biracial Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and a Haitan dad.
    *******************************
    So she took her mom’s last name? M’kay. Never heard of her, but unless it’s the Williams sister, I don’t follow tennis news.

    Wishing Serena all the best!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Steroids

  • Faithz

    Pulling for Serena But Osaka is Good too. She beat Serena Once , and can do it again, we shall see.

  • Faithz

    Man if Serena can Win this, She should hang it up, Just saying!

  • Faithz

    Serana is playing, and getting back to her old self Really well.
    Osaka has done really good, she has beaten the brakes of many of the so called big Girls, Halep, Serena, Sarapova, Azarenka, Keys Osaka has taken out some of the Hardest Hitters in the Game.
    Serena had better bring her A Game.

  • Guest

    Go Serena!

  • hi-liter

    That youngin Osaka is really good. She is tall but not as muscular as Serena. I remember seeing her story on HBO sports. She plays for Japanese team because of some kind of technicality that she couldn’t play for USA.

  • Logan Roberts

    Rooting for you Serena ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    U know Serena is NOT going to hang it up. Until she becomes the record ALL TIME great.

  • Nik

    It was for convenience since they were still in Japan. Interracial marriage was frowned upon so to carry her father’s name there might have hindered her. They moved to the US when she was 3 but still kept the name.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Daaang Serena ranked at No.17? Why? How?

  • Nik

    Noooooooooooooo!!!!! *faints*

  • Nik

    Due to maternity leave. Unfair rule.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
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  • WhooCares

    lmao

  • Faithz

    I Know, and deep down I don’t want her too.
    Pulling for her to make this one #24.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I like this young girl but I’m rooting for Serena…

  • Nina Ross

    The girl is hatian & japanese

  • Alextra Ballard

    Oh yeah! I forgot about that.. well that makes sense

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Bottom Line. Pure Jealousy.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    No. They test her alllll the time & have never been able to prove it.

  • Dahl

    Seems fair if she wasn’t competing that she lost rank. But I feel like she’ll be back on top in no time..,

  • Yardgirl

    Thank you sis!! Knowledge is indeed power????

  • Nik

    I understand your point. People who play continuously would definitely agree. The logic is if someone bows out for whatever reason, their spot should be up for grabs. I think in Serena’s case some felt she should not have come back with such a low ranking since her reason for leaving had nothing to do with no longer wanting to compete.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Right!!! So just going to Ignore the Dad. However, when the child is biracial black, white the child is Automatically Black. Get It Right Crazy, Nutty People!!!

  • Simone

    Her Dad’s last name is Francois but she uses her Mom’s maiden name because it’s a more sensible or usable name in Japan according to her.

  • Eileen

    interestng…right?….Ameria and her fondness for color

  • Eileen

    umh really…how did a japanese wmen and a hatian man get together/ just saying

  • Eileen

    no love for daddy? when I saw her I said my goodness she sure is very brown to be asian but seeing that her father i hatian i get it, No she doesnt have the bulk of serena. ms. aisa better bring her A game, cause serena is out for blood!

  • Eileen

    hater!!! she is happy thats what matters!!! none of the brothas lame a** wanted her! I a happy for her!

  • Eileen

    Thank You!!!

  • Eileen

    That is why they hating her cause she is still the BEST!!!

  • Eileen

    Why do they call her asian instead of hatian? Just wondering

  • Ebony Starr

    Her father decided that she would benefit more if she played and represented Japan through sponsorship and fan base. I met her father and uncle at last year’s US OPEN. He is very much involved in her life and game.

  • Ebony Starr

    She came back ranked 451 after baby when she left she was #1.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks Simone!

  • Nik

    Not taking away from Osaka, but Serena is going to make that racket snap, crackle, and pop!

  • Nik

    In doing so she made history as Japan’s first Grand Slam finalist. Her Dad is like Richard Williams; a master strategist.

  • Nik

    Yea, that was too low of a ranking but the WTA has been doing that from the jump. You can’t step out for a hot second before your ranking is snatched like a bad wig.

  • EMILY POST

    Interested to see the young blasian play . Sloane Madison and Naomi is what’s next. Great to see women play tennis at such high levels. Can’t wait to watch. I love Serena serve its massive so it will be hopefully a very entertaining game!

  • Alextra Ballard

    well she has come along way!

  • Ebony Starr

    That was the plan. A lot of people think that she is denying her Haitian side but makes sure that it is known that she is also Haitian.

  • Nik

    Haitians are a proud people so I know her Daddy got that covered. She’s Japanese not just by blood but also by citizenship, so I don’t see the problem referring to her as Japanese.

  • CopperCutie

    Anyone know when they play? I’d love to see Serena beat her.

  • Ang

    She was born in Japan. Her mother is Japanese. Her father was living in Japan before he met her mother. She has dual Japan and US citizenship.

  • Ang

    Because her dad had been living in Japan for awhile before they met lol.

  • Ang

    Serena has been getting tested more than any other woman in tennis. That has been known for awhile. If she was on anything they would have gladly kicked her out by now.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Okay ..

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Nope.lol.imsideyeingniggas, her calfs look like baby cows.&.I’m only checking bc the ny paper ran a story abt a doping agent camping out at her house. I’m spectating

  • TheOwley

    Serena is pissed off about a lot of things of late. I wouldn’t get in her way. And the young lady born and raised in Japan of Haitian (black dad) and Japanese (mom) descent. And race? nationality. One day we’ll get it right.

  • Malcom Flex

    Serena is the G.O.A.T I like to watch her play.

  • the chosen one

    Regardless of what race breed with, those negro features will be repealed and show. Look at the hair.

  • Faithz

    Serena has been through so much, to reach where she is now.
    She’s also endured years of criticism from tennis insiders who’ve critiqued her hair, her body and her clothing choices. Wishing Serena Well on the Game today. Win lose are draw Serena has already accomplished more than many can ever dream of.

  • parisjok

    to bad with that very different biracial background she is not much more attractive. just not attractive at all but as quiet as it was kept she whipped Serena’s butt a few months ago. well, the match is over and she whipped our princess on the court butt again. no worries because our princess will bounce back big time

  • parisjok

    well, she really has a choice to just use either one since she has both genes in her. but the first race I really notice is the Japan side because of those very very Japan slanted eyes.

    I see her skin color second but again she was robbed because she is not pretty, attractive, or cute at all for a biracial female. but she sure has tennis strength and tennis star power. she will be the next up and coming powerhouse for sure now that she has whipped our Serena twice on the court.

  • parisjok

    yeah, no matter which job or profession you are in when u choose to have an unplanned baby instead of getting an abortion you will pay a price always no matter what. no man pays a price profession wise when he becomes a dad though.

  • parisjok

    well we see now that she is better than good because she beat Serena twice now. Serena is not back to her pre baby weight or best skills yet. should have had that baby in her twenties. just sayin

    for one thing even with help as a new mom and who is in love with her baby and now a new wife that is time and energy that she is now investing in which before it was only her her her with her tennis. she really is in a huge different personal life than before baby and marriage and it will never be the same. she will have more wins but this is the beginning of her having to game by game give up her tennis winning crown for sure.

  • parisjok

    what, that Osaka is way better than good now that she has whipped our Serena twice!!!! she was better than good when she beat her the first time. better her than one of those white girls. going to hell for saying this but………………………

  • parisjok

    I know it right. but looking at what those two races put together in this young lady who is not at all pretty, cute, or beautiful it is great that not many of these two races get together to make babies. going to hell for this statement also

  • Faithz

    You are Right, Now I wait for her to become Number one, and hold that spot down like Serena has.

  • Faithz

    Trump talk bad about Haitan. And Osaka name is not mention in Haitan on the Tennis Leader Board. Hrr name is Representing Japan.

  • Faithz

    I know that Hun, But Naomi still had Miles to go before She can reach Serena Level. Yes Osaka was better than Good to BEAR SERENA, But Osaka still is Just getting started. I am not trying to take away from Her, she is well on her way But shes not number one, Yet. Just Know that Osaka Won I get it She beat Serena But Serena has 23 Grand Slams to Osaka One Gran Slam, Hun.
    PS
    SERENA LOST THE GAME I GET THAT, OSAKA WON!!
    OSAKA WAS BETTER IN THE GAME, BUT OSAKA GOT MILES AND YEARS TO GO BEFORE SHE CAN TOUCH SERENA SHOES….IS WHAT I AM SAYING.
    DON’T GET IT TWISTED SERENA IS NO SHRINKING VIOLET, IN TENNIS…

  • TheOwley

    I’m not looking at what these athletes look like.