Naomi Osaka: 'Serena Williams is my tennis mom'

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Naomi Osaka: 'Serena Williams is my tennis mom'

Naomi Osaka is looking forward to face Serena Williams at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, for the first time since the unforgettable last year's US Open final where the American argued with the umpire. Speaking in an on court interview following her win over Iga Swiatek, Osaka said: "I mean, she’s my tennis mom.

She’s someone I grew up watching. I’m sure a lot of people will be watching that match and I hope I can play well against her." Simona Halep also went through, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-1. The Romanian said: "I really believe that I played much better than yesterday, even if the opponent was different.

Svetlana is playing with a lot of topspin. Brady was hitting very strong. Different players, different opponents. But because of the wind, I had to be a little bit closer to the court and also to open the court to work with these conditions.

I feel like I had a good touch of the ball.And I'm really pleased with the way I played against her, because it's always tough and always we have tough matches. Still I feel pain in my Achilles, but it was much better.

And I felt a little bit lighter than yesterday even if I'm sore everywhere. One match plus, it's really important. So yesterday helped me to get through, you know, the physical part. And today, even if I felt a little bit tired at the beginning of the match, then I felt better."