NEW YORK — Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has paid tribute to Serena Williams, saying she has been “the biggest force in the sport” and leaves a legacy that is so broad “you can’t even describe it in words.”
Osaka opens her US Open campaign against Danielle Collins on Tuesday and knows the place well after winning it in 2018 and 2020. But before that, Osaka will be one of the millions watching Williams when she faces Danka Kovinic on Monday in what is expected to be Serena’s last US Open.
“I think that her legacy is really wide to the point where you can’t even describe it in words,” Osaka said on Saturday. “Like, she changed the sport so much. She’s introduced people that have never heard of tennis into the sport. I think I’m a product of what she’s done.
“I wouldn’t be here without Serena, Venus, her whole family. I’m, like, very thankful to her.
“I also was trying to…