Naomi Osaka can cause a major shock and beat Serena Williams, who is attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title, in the 2018 women’s US Open final.
The 20-year-old Japanese player – she was only one when Williams won her first Grand Slam in 1999 – defeated the American legend in Miami earlier this year after clinching her first WTA title in Indian Wells.
Osaka to beat Williams @ 21/10
She is undoubtedly one of tennis’ rising stars and has the game to trouble Williams, who reached the Wimbledon final in July only to lose to Angelique Kerber.
Williams, who had lost her previous two semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, is making her first appearance in the New York final since beating Caroline Wozniacki in 2014.
She is appearing in her ninth US Open final – she has won the tournament on six occasions – but has lacked consistency in the last few months, notably at the Silicon Valley Classic when she suffered a 6-1 6-0 defeat to Johanna Konta.
Osaka to win in three sets @ 23/4
Age could catch up with Williams if Osaka can shake off the nerves which will surely affect her in the opening stages of the final.
There was little sign of nervousness though when Osaka beat last year’s losing finalist Madison Keys, who she had never defeated in their previous three meetings, 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals.
The 20th seed reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the thirds round at Wimbledon and the French Open earlier this year and, when she hits form, as she did at Indian Wells, she is hard to stop.
Tie Break In A Match @ 5/2
She knocked out Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sachia Vickery, Maria Sakkari, Karolina Plískova and Simona Halep at Indian Wells before defeating Daria Kasatkina in the final.
Her form in New York City has been similarly good and she can finish the fortnight off in style by defeating Williams and claiming her first Grand Slam title.