2018 USO Womens Final : ThisMama Serena Williams vs Japanese Queen Naomi Osaka

Pick the USO WTA 18 winner


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tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
H2H : Osaka leads Serena 1-0
Indian Wells 2018 6-3, 6-2

Road to finals :

Osaka d. (14)Madison Keys [USA] 6-2 6-4
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 19 35 (20)Osaka d. Lesia Tsurenko [UKR] 6-1 6-1
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 19 25 (20)Osaka d. (26)Aryna Sabalenka [BLR] 6-3 2-6 6-4
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 19 37 (20)Osaka d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich [BLR] 6-0 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 19 162 (20)Osaka d. Julia Glushko [ISR] 6-2 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 19 146 (20)Osaka d. Laura Siegemund [GER] 6-3 6-2


Serena :



27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard SF 26 18 (17)Williams d. (19)Anastasija Sevastova [LAT] 6-3 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 26 8 (17)Williams d. (8)Karolina Pliskova [CZE] 6-4 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 26 44 (17)Williams d. Kaia Kanepi [EST] 6-0 4-6 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 26 16 (17)Williams d. (16)Venus Williams [USA] 6-1 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 26 99 (17)Williams d. Carina Witthoeft [GER] 6-2 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 26 60 (17)Williams d. Magda Linette [POL] 6-4 6-0
 
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MLM

Rookie
Serena in 3 but I would love to see Naomi win, wouldn’t be upset at a Serena victory.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
Could this be the changing of the guard? The anointing of a new Queen? I'm ecstatic!
Osaka winning one major is not a changing of the guard (why would you focus on her in that regard?). She would be doing her job like any player winning a major. Further, the 23 majors not won by Serena since 2010 means the guard has changed with other players winning--several more than a single major.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Happy with either result. Think I would slightly prefer Serena getting slam #24 to further highlight how amazing she is but I would also love an Osaka win.

I believe Osaka got into tennis because of Serena Williams so this final is simply incredible.
 

flyingboris

Legend
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 19 35 (20)Osaka d. Lesia Tsurenko [UKR] 6-1 6-1
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 19 25 (20)Osaka d. (26)Aryna Sabalenka [BLR] 6-3 2-6 6-4
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 19 37 (20)Osaka d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich [BLR] 6-0 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 19 162 (20)Osaka d. Julia Glushko [ISR] 6-2 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 19 146 (20)Osaka d. Laura Siegemund [GER] 6-3 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard SF 26 18 (17)Williams d. (19)Anastasija Sevastova [LAT] 6-3 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 26 8 (17)Williams d. (8)Karolina Pliskova [CZE] 6-4 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 26 44 (17)Williams d. Kaia Kanepi [EST] 6-0 4-6 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 26 16 (17)Williams d. (16)Venus Williams [USA] 6-1 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 26 99 (17)Williams d. Carina Witthoeft [GER] 6-2 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 26 60 (17)Williams d. Magda Linette [POL] 6-4 6-0
Looks like August 27 was a pretty busy day for both ladies! :)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Happy with either result. Think I would slightly prefer Serena getting slam #24 to further highlight how amazing she is but I would also love an Osaka win.

I believe Osaka got into tennis because of Serena Williams so this final is simply incredible.
If you mean Richard Williams' success at raising both tennis prodigy daughters of his inspired father Leonard Francois to introduce tennis to Naomi, you are 100% correct.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
She hasn’t done enough to be called a queen. Venus is a queen. She’s very talented though and can go far in the future. Really curious how she’ll hold up against Serena.
 

skyline

Legend
Tennis wins only if Osaka wins. We don't need to see SW hoarding more trophies.
Nonsense. Tennis wins when the best player wins.

The final will decide it all, but if SW does win, she'll have done so as the person who has shown the most this tournament. She's been the best server and has played cleanest matches to date. So, she'd be the best one standing for a very good reason.
 

skyline

Legend
Happy with either result. Think I would slightly prefer Serena getting slam #24 to further highlight how amazing she is but I would also love an Osaka win.

I believe Osaka got into tennis because of Serena Williams so this final is simply incredible.
I can't say I'd be happy with either b/c I reallyyyyyyyyy want Serena to get to #24, but if there's one person I couldn't begrudge beating her it's Naomi. She's so cute and I've been liking her game for two years now.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
Rooting for Osaka. I've really fallen in love with her personality over the course of the tournament. Shes such a delight and I think beating Serena to win her first would be really exciting for her in a positive way, shes such a fangirl haha.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
What's your prediction?
If Osaka does not allow her love for Serena to could her mind, she has a chance.

On the other hand, if Serena is determined to not find herself stuck with her current majors count yet another time, she will make short work of Osaka. That, and coming back from the emotional poles of childbirth and nearly dying could be the greatest motivator of all at the site of her first majors title.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
H2H : Osaka leads Serena 1-0
Indian Wells 2018 6-3, 6-2

Road to finals :

Osaka d. (14)Madison Keys [USA] 6-2 6-4
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 19 35 (20)Osaka d. Lesia Tsurenko [UKR] 6-1 6-1
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 19 25 (20)Osaka d. (26)Aryna Sabalenka [BLR] 6-3 2-6 6-4
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 19 37 (20)Osaka d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich [BLR] 6-0 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 19 162 (20)Osaka d. Julia Glushko [ISR] 6-2 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 19 146 (20)Osaka d. Laura Siegemund [GER] 6-3 6-2


Serena :



27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard SF 26 18 (17)Williams d. (19)Anastasija Sevastova [LAT] 6-3 6-0
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard QF 26 8 (17)Williams d. (8)Karolina Pliskova [CZE] 6-4 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R16 26 44 (17)Williams d. Kaia Kanepi [EST] 6-0 4-6 6-3
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R32 26 16 (17)Williams d. (16)Venus Williams [USA] 6-1 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R64 26 99 (17)Williams d. Carina Witthoeft [GER] 6-2 6-2
27‑Aug‑2018 US Open Hard R128 26 60 (17)Williams d. Magda Linette [POL] 6-4 6-0
MAMA going down to Osaka. time for young blood to Reign
 
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TMF

Talk Tennis Guru
Rooting for Osaka because of the USTA tampered the seed to help Serena.

It was a disgraceful move by the USTA.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
Rooting for Osaka because of the USTA tampered the seed to help Serena.

It was a disgraceful move by the USTA.
Try proving this hate-filled fantasy of yours.

Everyone knows you are filled with resentment and an ocean's worth of tears because Federer and Sharapova were defeated (and on the same day), so you--as usual--are so easy to expose.
 

Tanya

Hall of Fame
I'm surprised at the numbers on this poll. Naomi has played well this tournament but she's going up against Serena Williams for god sakes... I'm sure Serena won't be too keen on losing 2 straight slam finals. Expect a different Serena than we saw at Wimbledon vs Kerber.
 
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skyline

Legend
Who is this ^ addressed to? o_O

I'm surprised at the numbers on this poll. Naomi has played well this tournament but she's going up against Serena Williams for god sakes... I'm sure Serena won't be too keen on losing 2 straight slam finals. Expect a different Serena than we saw at Wimbledon vs Kerber.
Serena is playing at a significantly higher level here than at W where her only truly good match came in the semi against Goerges. My only concern is she hasn’t yet had a bad day at this slam (she usually throws in a stinker at some point and I always hope she gets it over with in the early rounds).

But that’s neither here nor there.

Judging purely on form shown thus far, she’s the favorite.
 

skyline

Legend
Try proving this hate-filled fantasy of yours.

Everyone knows you are filled with resentment and an ocean's worth of tears because Federer and Sharapova were defeated (and on the same day), so you--as usual--are so easy to expose.
Tampered it so hard she was on course to clash with world no 1 in the 4th! Yeah ok.
 

Tanya

Hall of Fame
Serena is playing at a significantly higher level here than at W where her only truly good match came in the semi against Goerges. My only concern is she hasn’t yet had a bad day at this slam (she usually throws in a stinker at some point and I always hope she gets it over with in the early rounds).

But that’s neither here nor there.

Judging purely on form shown thus far, she’s the favorite.
I somewhat agree, although against Pliskova and Sevastova she had what could have been bad days - I think she fought very hard mentally to pull herself out of a funk at the start of each of those matches, which is what gives me encouragement for her moving forward. (Not to mention the Kanepi match, although that was different in that both players were actually playing well throughout most of it.)

Several people seem to think that it's all about Naomi and how she plays that will determine the outcome of the match. Serena Williams has the most dominant game that women's tennis has ever seen... every match is well and truly on her racket.
 
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