Japanese-born tennis player Naomi Osaka wins her second U.S Open title as she defeats former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka who defeated Serena Williams to set up a feisty finale with Osaka.
The 22-year-old Japanese player battled from a set down to clinch victory against the 31-year-old, Belarusian to lift ger second US Open title within 3 years in a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory at the Flushing Meadows. Naomi explained how she pulled through losing the first set to make a comeback saying;
“I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour,” Osaka said, explaining that she told herself to “stop having a really bad attitude.”
“I always see everyone sort of collapse after match point, but I always think you may injure yourself, so I wanted to do it safely,”
Naomi Osaka, who is already the highest-earning female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her fortune as she becomes the first Asian player to win three major titles, surpassing Chinese trailblazer Li Na. She won the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
Azarenka who defeated Serena William to set up the US Open final showdown with Naomi Osaka, said: “It’s not easy times in the world right now. So I’m very grateful for the opportunity to play in front of millions of people watching on TV, unfortunately not here.”
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