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US Open 2020, Women's final highlights: Naomi Osaka beats Victoria Azarenka for her third Grand Slam title

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US Open 2020, Women's final highlights: Naomi Osaka beats Victoria Azarenka for her third Grand Slam title

Victoria Azarenka will take on Naomi Osaka in the women's final at US Open. AP

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Sept 13, 2020 - 04:23 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

What a match that was! Naomi Osaka showed incredible grit and spirit to fight back from a set down and claim her third Grand Slam final in three sets. But the action is not done just yet. There's still the men's singles final to come tomorrow, where Alexander Zverev will take on Dominic Thiem! Tune back in at 1.30 am IST tomorrow night, and we'll be right here, bringing you all the latest updates from that match!

Sept 13, 2020 - 04:02 (IST)

Naomi Osaka speaks after the match!

Firstly, I want to congratulate Victoria. I actually don't want to play you in more finals, I didn't really enjoy that. It was a tough match for me. It's really inspiring for me, because I used to watch you playing here. So just have the opportunity to play against you is great. I learnt a lot, so thank you.

I want to thank my team for sticking with me. The beginning of the year wasn't that great. Thank you for believing in me. I want to thank the WTA, the tournament directors, the organisers, the ball staff, the ground crew and the USTA for providing a safe environment. I want to thank all my people at home, my mum, my dad and my sister. I wouldn't be here without them.

I was laying down on the court because I always see people sort of collapse after match point. But I always think to myself, they could injure themselves. So I just wanted to do it safely.

For me, I just thought that it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour. I just have to try as hard as I can, I am stop having a bad attitude.

The point of wearing those masks was to get people talking. For me, I've been inside the bubble, so I don't really know what's going on in the outside world. The more people talk about it the better it is. The most social media, the more retweets - that sounds so lame. You know, just people talking about it.

Sept 13, 2020 - 04:01 (IST)

Victoria Azarenka speaks after the match

Hello everyone. I am going to start by saying that I thought the third time was the charm. I guess I'll have to try again. Congratulations Naomi, and congratulations to our team. I am very happy for you. I hope we can meet in some more finals again.

Of course, I want to thank the USTA, thank you to all the people who came in at such a difficult time and made this tournament happen. It's not an easy time in the world right now. But I am very grateful for this opportunity display in front of millions watching from home. It's really a blessing to be here.

I want to thank my team, for sticking with me, for believing in me. We're going to have some more fun in the coming weeks. I am looking forward to the journey. It's been a long road getting here, but this was fun. I hope to see you all soon.

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:47 (IST)

What a win!

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:45 (IST)

On top of the world

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:43 (IST)

Third set by the numbers!

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:41 (IST)

Game, Set, Match and Championship: Naomi Osaka wins 1-6, 6-3, 6-3!

Osaka hits long, 0-15. She levels the game with a huge forehand winner! A great serve from the Japanese star, she pushes Azarenka wide and the Belarusian can't make a return. 30-15. Two points between her and the title. Make that one point. Azarenka's return is long. Championship point. Not just yet, Naomi. Osaka hits a shot long. One more championship point though. First serve missed. Second serve is good. Azarenka has hit the net and Naomi Osaka wins her second US Open championship!

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:36 (IST)

Naomi Osaka* 1-6, 6-3, 5-3 Victoria Azarenka (* denotes next server)

Point apiece to start of the game. 15-15. Azarenka's first serve percentage has fallen drastically this set, she needs to sort that out. Azarenka charges to the net and hits a forehand winner. Osaka does the same. 30-30. Azarenka can't hit her shot over the net, Osaka has break point! And she breaks after Azarenka hits long. Osaka will serve for the title!

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:30 (IST)

Naomi Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-3 *Victoria Azarenka (* denotes next server)

A mistake apiece to make it 15-15. 30-15 now. 40-15 now. Azarenka has been making so many more errors in the last two sets. Azarenka hits a great forehand return down the line. Osaka challenges but it's right on the line. Another winner on the line from Azarenka and it's deuce! Great work from the Belarusian.

Stroke of bad luck for Osaka, her shot clips the net and goes out. Advantage Azarenka and break point. Osaka hits a return long and we're back on serve!

Sept 13, 2020 - 03:26 (IST)

Naomi Osaka* 1-6, 6-3, 4-2 Victoria Azarenka (* denotes next server)

Big serve from Azarenka. She's up 15-0. Azarenka hits long, 15-15. Azarenka hits wide, 15-30. Azarenka hits both long and wide, 15-40. Another couple of break-points for Osaka, she's bossing this. Big serve from Azarenka though, 30-40. And Osaka can't clear the net. Deuce.
 

Azarenka hits long. Advantage and break point for Osaka. Osaka can't land her running forehand in the court, deuce again. She challenges but the shot is wide. Oh my, a wallop of a forehand from Azarenka and she has advantage. She hits long after a rally though, back on deuce. Mistake from Osaka, advantage Azarenka. Osaka backhand winner down the line. Deuce again. Another backhand winner down the line, Osaka has advantage. Big serve and Osaka can't return. Deuce. Backhand winner from Azarenka. Ace out of nowhere! Azarenka holds

When tennis resumed last month from a five-month hiatus prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, it was impossible to know exactly what to expect. Turns out Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka have been far and away the two best women in the sport, which is why they will face each other in the US Open final.

Both used to be ranked No. 1; both already own two Grand Slam titles. Osaka is 10-0 since the sport returned. Azarenka lost her very first match back but has reeled off 11 consecutive victories since, capped by a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 elimination of Serena Williams in the semi-finals.

Osaka and Azarenka were supposed to meet in the final of the Western & Southern Open two weeks ago — that tournament was moved from its usual home in Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows as part of a two-event “controlled environment” to limit travel during the pandemic — but Osaka withdrew because of an injured left hamstring.

That leg hasn’t hampered her during the US Open, which she won in 2018, then followed up with a title at the 2019 Australian Open.

Osaka and Azarenka both have been playing clean tennis from the baseline. Osaka — whose coach used to work with Azarenka — relies mainly on her big forehand; Azarenka’s top stroke is her backhand. One intriguing element should be Osaka’s serving against Azarenka’s returning. Osaka ranks No. 2 in the 128-woman field by winning 93% of her service games, 65 of 70; Azarenka ranks No. 2 by winning 55% of her return games, 31 of 56.

(with inputs from AP)

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