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Osaka beats Azarenka to win US Open and third Grand Slam

Published : Monday, 14 September, 2020 at 12:00 AM  Count : 270

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the trophy after winning her Women's Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City.  	photo: AFP

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the trophy after winning her Women's Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. photo: AFP

NEW YORK, SEPT 13: Japan's Naomi Osaka came from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the US Open on Saturday and clinch her third Grand Slam title.
Osaka, the fourth seed, overcame her unseeded opponent 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 inside 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.
"I didn't really enjoy that. It was a really tough match for me," Osaka said following her 1hr 53min victory that delivers her prize money of $3 million.
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 was uncharacteristically sloppy, hitting a whopping 13 unforced errors.
Azarenka then went 2-0 ahead in the second 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 push 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 opportunity to get back into the match, wasting three break points as Osaka recovered from 0-40 to hold for a 4-1 lead.
Azarenka saved four break points to make it 4-2 as she battled to keep the contest alive.   -AFP










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