The No. 1 seed gave her famous guests plenty to cheer along the way, especially the forehand victor on break point that gave her a 4-3 lead in the second set after Linette had grabbed the first three games.
Having made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon as a qualifier, beating Venus Williams in the process, Gauff has become the story of the first week of a grand slam for the second successive major. "It was super fun", said Andreescu who won titles this year at Indian Wells and Toronto.
The 15-year-old Gauff is the youngest American woman to reach this level of the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. "I think between the players, I'm sure a lot of even the guys would have tuned in to watch that match", he said.
Someone asked Osaka what causes she believed in most. "I just mean, like, I'm very quiet".
"I was actually out in the first round and match point down, and now I am here". She wasn't really talking to anyone, ' recalled the top seed.
She also pounded serves at up to 118 miles per hour, recording nine aces, and mixed in drop shots to great effect. I think anyone at 15 playing like that, people are going to be drawn to them.
"Every time we set a benchmark, she seems to exceed it", Gauff's father said on Friday's episode of First Take.
"I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you".
"She's just incredibly talented".
Gauff, meanwhile, covered the court so well, tracking down shot after shot from Babos, running so fast and so fearlessly that she ended up face-down on court after falling.
"This is just the beginning, I promise", Gauff said afterwards to the still-buzzing audience.
The pride Osaka would feel in playing for her homeland is tempered by the massive responsibility such a "Dream Team" would carry.
"She's extremely articulate and charismatic and comfortable on camera for somebody who's that young, and it's an age demographic that [marketers are] jumping on and want to find somebody who can be a role model and an icon", Dorfman told FOX Business.
Still, Osaka's praise of Gauff's composure is well-founded.
Osaka proved as much on the court.
"I think it helped me a lot to practice several serves", she said.
Naomi Osaka continued her bid for a second straight US Open title with a business-like 6-3 6-4 win over Magda Linette on Thursday to book her place in the third round. "But it definitely was bothering me in the past couple weeks". She had that wonderful run, then the final. "So it was pretty cool". She's 21. She has two slams. She competes great out there. I think she has a good family, and I think it starts there. She fought extremely hard in her Wimbledon defeat to Simona Halep and will likely have to improve on that effort if she is to progress further in NY.
But it's clear there's something happening out here in Queens - and it will only get bigger on Saturday in the world's biggest tennis stadium against the top-seeded Osaka, who has been compromised by a knee injury that forced her to retire from a quarter-final match in Cincinnati less than two weeks ago.
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