A wide view of the court during the Naomi Osaka v Madison Keys semifinal match. Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA

NEW YORK – Here is day 11 of the 2018 US Open at a glance:

Headlines

+ Serena into 9th US Open final
+ 31st Grand Slam final for American legend
+ Naomi Osaka first Japanese woman in Grand Slam final
+ Osaka saves 13 out of 13 break points to beat Madison Keys

Results

-- Serena Williams (USA x17) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x19) 6-3, 6-0
-- Naomi Osaka (JPN x20) bt Madison Keys (USA x14) 6-2, 6-4 

Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a return to Madison Keys. Photo: John G. Mabanglo/EPA
Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a return to Madison Keys. Photo: John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Who's saying what 

“Last year I was literally fighting for my life in the hospital. I think I was on my fourth surgery. To come from that, in the hospital bed, not being able to move and walk and do anything, now only a year later, I'm not training, but I'm actually in these finals.”

“I just feel like not only is my future bright, even though I'm not a spring chicken, but I still have a very, very bright future. That is super exciting for me.”

-- Serena Williams

“I usually just come into the net to shake hands.” (referencing an old line to describe her usual reluctance to volley)

-- Serena Williams 

“She has 23 Grand Slams. So you have your answer. She's one of the best, yeah.”

-- Anastasija Sevastova

Serena Williams of the US reacts as she plays Anastasija Sevastova
Serena Williams of the US reacts as she plays Anastasija Sevastova

“How do you know I'm not into bad stuff?”

-- Naomi Osaka jokes with reporters over her innocent demeanour

“It's surreal. Serena's my idol.”

-- Naomi Osaka on facing Serena Williams in the final


Agence France-Presse (AFP)