"She said", I was nervous but once the match started I was OK".
Osaka, who won her first big title in Indian Wells last weekend, was superior throughout and fully deserved her 6-3, 6-2 win in just one hour and 17 minutes.
Naomi Osaka, the American-reared Japanese player sixteen years her junior had the composure to take advantage of the former world No 1's shaky movement to beat her 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Miami Open.
But the 20-year-old drew first blood, piling pressure on the Williams serve and forcing the American to chip a backhand wide to concede the first break of the match.
Williams definitely does now as Osaka was also happy to hear her opponent shout at herself for motivation.
Her straight-sets success over Williams was the icing on the cake, though, given the 23-time grand slam champion's standing in the game.
Japanese No.1 Osaka handed the eight-time champion her first-ever loss before the fourth round in Miami.
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Osaka is 14-4 this year and will meet No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina in the second round.
Naomi Osaka- let that name sink into your head, because you are going to hear it more often than not, in the coming times. "I would start thinking if she's struggling, if she's not struggling, if I should be doing this, if I should be doing that."I just tried to look on my side of the court and not think too much about what she was doing". The 16-year-old reached the fourth round at Indian Wells last week but suffered an injury in a win over Chinese player Wang Qiang on Tuesday. After taking the title at Indian Wells, she does what few before have been able to do; defeat tennis great Serena Williams. "I kind of blanked out, but I'm pretty sure she said 'good job'".
"I look forward to continuing my return by progressing every day".
"Every tournament is an opportunity for me to better understand the areas I need to improve to be my best", Serena said.
The 23-time Grand Slam victor then made her competitive return in February as part of the United States' Fed Cup team that lost their first-round tie against the Netherlands' Lesley Kerkhobe and Demi Schuurs with Venus. She had a kid which we should all be celebrating so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded.
Williams has been eliminated in the first round only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open.
"I'm most happy with the win, but secondly, is to see Bethanie back on court", Cornet said after the match.