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Serena closing in on history

NEW YORK - The master will face her most eager disciple for the U.S. Open women's title, the paths of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka intersecting to create a moment worth celebrating.

A year ago at this time, Williams was between the third and fourth surgeries she required for complications that followed the birth of her daughter. On Thursday she stood at center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium with tears in her eyes, a catch in her voice and a berth

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