Japan’s 22-year-old Naomi Osaka, the fourth seed, 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, overcame her unseeded opponent 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 53min inside a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows. This is Osaka’s 3rd tennis major trophies 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% success rate.
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. She broke a third time and took 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 then saved four break points to make it 4-2 as she battled to keep the contest alive.
When she broke Osaka in game seven, the set was back on serve.
But Osaka immediately broke back after Azarenka pushed a forehand wide to leave herself the opportunity of serving. On Osaka’s second championship point, Azarenka found the net.