Naomi Osaka shared what makes Serena Williams different than other players. The Japanese, who beat the American both times they faced each other in 2018 Miami and US Open, said: "I mean, it's just so different, though, the way that she strikes the ball.
I can't even compare it. But then again, I haven't played Serena in what feels like forever. So I think I'm going to be surprised when I start playing with her tomorrow too. But for me, the most impressive thing that I saw tonight was her movement.
Like, she's a crazy good mover, just sliding. So hopefully I can learn that from her." Osaka thinks she is competing at a high level: "I'm happy to be back on hard. It feels very comfortable for me. But I have a few kinks that I feel like I need to work out, but they're slowly getting better.
And I don't think the goal is to be comfortable here. I think the goal is to be comfortable in New York. So I'm not too stressed about it. And for me, I'm just enjoying my time here. Like, I literally lost three times in the first round last year, so I'm not stressed about anything."
"I'll treat it like a regular quarterfinal, but I haven't been in a quarterfinal in a while", continued Osaka speaking about the upcoming match against Serena. "So I -- I don't know. I'm just really excited.
Like, I grew up watching her. So whenever I get the opportunity to play her, like, it's something that I feel is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And it feels more like I'm showcasing my skills to her, like, Look what I can do.
You know what I mean? So I go into the matches with that mentality. And just super grateful to get the chance to play her."