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Black women are shining at the US Open! Serena Williams was back in the finals again, but this time she will face off against Naomi Osaka in Queens, New York on Saturday.

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Osaka, 20, who is of mixed heritage with a Japanese mother and Haitian father, was just a young child when Williams won her first grand slam in 1999. Since then, Williams has gone on to win 23 grand slam champion titles. If the tennis legend pulls off a victory in her ninth US Open final this weekend, then she will have equaled Australian tennis player Margaret Court‘s record of 24 grand slam singles titles.

“It’s honestly really incredible,” Williams, 36, who is ranked No. 26 in the world and had a hard birth with her daughter, Alexis Olympia, told CNN.  “A year ago I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby. Every day I step on this court I’m so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport. No matter what happens in any match, semis, finals, I just feel like I’ve already won.”

For Osaka, the match against the veteran Williams is a dream come true. The athlete, who is representing Japan, beat American and fellow-biracial tennis player Madison Keys in straight sets Thursday night.

“This is going to sound really bad but I was thinking, ‘I really want to play Serena’,” Osaka said, praising Williams for her impressive career.

There is more Black Girl Magic that happened at the US Open: Sloane Stephens won the tournament last year, but the defending champion’s run ended Tuesday in the quarterfinals with a defeat. Still, Stephens left the court in good spirits, according to ESPN.

“I could have s*** the bed in the first round, and that would have been really bad,” Stephens said. “So the fact that I made it to the quarterfinals and played some really good matches and I just competed as hard as I could, I mean [it’s] a lot to be proud of.”


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