Published on : 13/09/2020 – 08:44
The Japanese Naomi Osaka, very involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, won her second US Open on Saturday by turning the situation around in the final against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (1-6, 6-3, 6-3).
Of his resounding boycott of the Cincinnati tournament until its second triumph at the US Open, 17 days have passed and tennis has found its champion. Japanese Naomi Osaka (9e until then) won the US Open on Saturday, her third Grand Slam title, returning a poorly started final against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (27e) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
At 22, Osaka, already a winner at Flushing Meadows in 2018 and at the Australian Open in 2019, will meet again on Monday 3e rank in the WTA rankings. “I don’t want to play more finals against you, it was too hard,” Osaka said to his opponent upon receiving his trophy.
Reversal of the match
Led 6-1, 2-0 without having existed, the former world number 1 suddenly found his game and in particular his service. And little by little, it was she who got hold of the match.
The game then became one-sided, but in Osaka’s favor this time, up to 4-2 for the Japanese in the last set. At this point, Azarenka jumped, resuming her opponent’s face-off to return to 4-3. But Osaka immediately regained the advantage and concluded in stride.
“Never two without three”
“Never two without three, as they say. I will have to try again …”, commented for her part Azarenka, also former world number 1, in reference to her two finals lost at the US Open in 2012 and 2013 It therefore remains with two major titles on the clock: the Australian Open in 2012 and in 2013.
At 31, however, she returns to the highest level after giving birth in 2016 and postponed her return until mid-season 2018, due to a legal battle for custody of her son.