Naomi Osaka came from at the back of to defeat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the United States Open last.© AFP
NBA star LeBron James congratulated Naomi Osaka after the Japanese tennis player won her second US Open title on Sunday. James took to Twitter to write: “GREAT COMEBACK!! Congrats @naomiosaka!” Osaka won her third career Grand Slam title after securing a win over Victoria Azarenka in the last of the United States Open. Osaka registered a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the decider over Azarenka.
GREAT COMEBACK!! Congrats @naomiosaka!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 12, 2020
The No. 4 seed and 2018 champion overcame an inspired assault from Azarenka in the opening set to win her third career Grand Slam crown after one hour and 53 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Recalling the differences between Sunday’s win and her first in 2018, after the match, Osaka said she is “more of an entire player” now.
“I feel like two years ago, I perhaps would have folded being down a set and a break. But I think, all of the matches that I played in between that time shaped me and made me or forced me to mature more. Particularly all of the matches that I’ve played here were very hard,” US Open’s official website quoted Osaka as saying.
“I think definitely I’m more of an entire player now. I feel like I’m more aware of what I’m doing,” she had added.
Osaka is now the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles, breaking the tie she held with China’s Li Na.
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