New York (AP) – Former world number one Naomi Osaka has reached the US Open final for the second time after winning the 2018 tournament.
The 22-year-old tennis player from Japan won the semifinals against American Jennifer Brady 7: 6 (7: 1), 3: 6, 6: 3. After 2.08 hours, Osaka converted their first match point. “New York is like a second home for me. I feel good on this field, I like the atmosphere here, even though unfortunately no spectators are allowed this year,” Osaka said on the field.
Serena Williams missed the US Open final and the chance to win the 24th Grand Slam title of her career. The 38-year-old American had to admit a defeat in the semi-final against Victoria Asarenka from Belarus 6: 1, 3: 6, 3: 6. The final on Saturday (10 p.m. CEST / Eurosport) is Osaka and the 31-year-old Asarenka.
Osaka again used her appearance to protest racism and police brutality in the US. During the interview, she wore a face mask with Philando Castile’s name on it. The African American was shot and killed by a police officer at a traffic stop in Minnesota in early July 2016 at the age of 32. His girlfriend had broadcast this live on her smartphone. Before the tournament, Osaka said they had seven masks with different names. She hopes she can carry them all – which she managed to achieve by reaching the finale.
Brady was the first time in any of the four main tournaments in the semifinals. The world ranking 41. had defeated Angelique Kerber van Kiel in the second round. 25-year-old Brady is trained by Michael Geserer, the former coach of Julia Görges.