NEW YORK, September 13
Naomi Osaka ended Victoria Azarenka’s dream run to say her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-Three 6-Three comeback win yesterday which cemented her standing as the game’s main mild each on and off the court docket. Unlike the 22-year-old Japanese’s first US Open win in 2018 over Serena Williams, which was performed in a frothing Arthur Ashe Stadium, yesterday’s drama unfolded in a surprisingly quiet area as Covid-19 well being and security protocols prevented followers from coming into the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
But the shortage of buzz across the stands didn’t cease the 2 former world No. 1s from producing a blinding show of shot making. As Osaka walked off with a 3rd Grand Slam title, Azarenka was denied a US Open crown for a 3rd time having additionally completed runner-up in 2012 and 2013. Still it was a exceptional and surprising run for the 31-year-old Belarusian, who reached her first Major closing in seven years.
It was the second time in two weeks Azarenka, twice a winner on the Australian Open, and Osaka had arrange a closing showdown. The pair had been set to satisfy within the Western and Southern Open closing till Osaka withdrew on account of a hamstring damage.
“I actually don’t want to play you in more finals,” Osaka informed Azarenka with a smile in the course of the victory ceremony.
“I didn’t really enjoy that. That was a really tough match for me. And yes, really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger so just to have the opportunity to play you is really great and I learned a lot.” — Reuters
3 rd Grand Slam title for Naomi Osaka. It is her second US Open title in three years
3rd US Open closing loss for Victoria Azarenka. She misplaced to Serena Williams in 2012 and 2013
1994 final time a participant got here again from a set all the way down to win the ultimate
Comeback queen Victoria
Having clawed her method again after years of setbacks in her profession and private life, US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka stated that she wouldn’t let her three-set loss to Naomi Osaka within the closing hold her down for lengthy. “I’m not necessarily disappointed. It’s just painful. It’s painful to lose. That is what it is,” the twice Australian Open champion stated. “Am I going to think about it too long? Not at all. I’m not going to sit here and be miserable.” The former world No. 1 has lots to be blissful about: After securing her first WTA title in 4 years on the Western & Southern Open final month, yesterday marked her first Grand Slam closing look in seven years. Azarenka, a U.S. Open runner-up in 2012 and 2013 as properly, returned from maternity depart in 2017 solely to have a bruising custody battle together with her former companion that saved her from competing in that 12 months’s Flushing Meadows marketing campaign. The unseeded Belarusian was not anticipated to be a high contender this 12 months, however defied the percentages nonetheless. “I’m a human being that has doubts, that has fears, that has different kinds of emotion which are so normal,” she stated. “It’s just the difference that those emotions are not going to stop me from doing what I’m going to do.” Reuters