María Camila Osorio Serrano last left New York City as the US Open junior champion. Two years later, the Colombian youngster is an established member of the pro circuit, from winning her first WTA title to becoming firmly ensconced in the Top 100 after making her main-draw debuts at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Even after a maiden US Open win over Ivana Jorovic on Monday, Osorio Serrano can switch from fierce competitor back to bubbly teenager, laughingly recalling a near-miss with idol Roger Federer at Wimbledon, where she reached the third round.
“I saw him once in the player hotel, but I was thinking like, I should act like everything is as usual, and that this is a normal thing, being here with Roger in the same hotel,” she said after the 6-2, 6-2 victory. “He was busy, so I didn’t stare at him too much; I was just walking by. But still I felt like, here I am, walking next to him!”
Osorio Serrano has been an ardent Federer fan since her junior days, but has quickly gained her own enthusiastic fan base at the US Open.
“It’s amazing, the Colombians are amazing. For me, it’s so fun, and usually I enjoy playing tennis, doing what what I love. But for people there supporting me, what else can I ask for? I’m really happy that they came here to support, and afterwards, they were asking for pictures and autographs. It was all so much fun, and I’m really happy that they’re here with me. I hope they can keep coming to the next matches because I need that support. Every point, they were screaming and yelling, it was unreal!”