Speaking on Tennis Channel the former player Chanda Rubin previewed the upcoming Rogers Cup match between Serena” williams> and Naomi Osaka in Toronto. Rubin said: “It’s the best thing that the tournament have hoped for, and both players playing well enough to get through tough matches against tough opponents.
Naomi Osaka served beautifully, she came up with some big serves, aces at just the right moment, she was serving to stay in the first set twice and in the tie-break that serve just kept firing. She started stepping in returns, got more confident, and in the end she made it look fairly routine in that second set against a young up and coming player that we will hear a lot of.
Serena found her range, the backhand was firing beautifully, she was stepping in there going down the line but she would not use it to open up the court, use for more angles. She was able to relax a little bit, she got a bit quicker.
The intensity of Serena, that’s what made the biggest difference. It will be a lot tougher against Osaka because of the way Osaka can serve and the way she did serve in her match today. But Serena just blitzed through some games and there was nothing her opponent could do.
She can take some cuts at the ball like nobody can.”
Serena spoke about her love for daughter Olympia who turns two in September. “Alexis is always showing pictures of her, she is so proud and she is such a little kid”, concluded the former world No. 1.