Japan’s Naomi Osaka came from a set down to defeat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win america Open on Saturday and clinch her third Grand Slam title. Osaka, the fourth seed, overcame her unseeded opponent 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 53min within a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows. It brought 22-year-old Osaka’s haul of tennis major trophies to three after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open. Azarenka, 31, sprinted to the first set in just 26 minutes, dominating Osaka with an 88 percent success rate on her first serve.
The Japanese used to be uncharacteristically sloppy, hitting a whopping 13 unforced errors.
Azarenka then went 2-0 ahead in the second one set before Osaka fought back to break her opponent’s serve twice and take a 4-3 lead.
The momentum had quickly swung in Osaka’s favor and she broke a third time to take the match to a deciding set.
Osaka enjoyed the first breakthrough of set three in game four when she broke Azarenka’s serve to take a 3-1 lead.
Azarenka then blew a golden possibility to receive back into the match, wasting three break points as Osaka retrieved from 0-40 to hold for a 4-1 lead.
Azarenka then saved four break points to make it 4-2 as she battled to retain the contest alive.
When she broke Osaka in game seven, the set used to be back on serve.
But Osaka immediately broke back after Azarenka pushed a forehand wide to leave herself the potential of serving for the match.
On Osaka’s second championship point, Azarenka found the net.
After touching racquets with her opponent, Osaka lay down in the midst of the court and looked up at the sky in celebration.
Osaka had walked onto the court wearing a mask bearing the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African-American boy who used to be shot deceased by a white police officer in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.
Osaka, of Japanese and Haitian heritage, wore different masks honoring sufferers of racial injustice and police brutality in each and every round of the tournament.
The 2019 Australian Open champion also donned face coverings bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile.
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