Naomi Osaka put in a sensational efficiency as she got here from behind to beat Victoria Azarenka to win the US Open on Saturday evening. Osaka gained 1-6, 6-3, 6-Three at Flushing Meadows, and was filled with reward for Azarenka afterwards.
Osaka had a nightmare begin in New York as she dropped the primary set in brutal style. She did not get any rhythm going and fell sufferer to her personal errors as she made a number of unforced errors.
Azarenka, then again, began brilliantly and wasted no time in speeding to a 3-1 lead in video games as she greater than held her personal in opposition to the 22-year-old.
After the primary set, it appeared the ultimate could be over earlier than it even started, as Osaka seemed flustered in comparison with the skilled Azarenka.
Azarenka took the primary recreation of the second set after recovering from a short blip, and gave the impression to be coping with the stress immensely.
After going 2-Zero down within the second set, few thought Osaka had any hope of mounting a comeback, as she appeared to don’t have any reply for the extra skilled Azarenka.
However the younger phenom launched into a comeback for the ages and appeared to seek out her toes within the match.
Even when she was 40-15 down within the last recreation of the set she refused to be overwhelmed and fought her means again to deuce, earlier than producing some effective tennis to finish the 16-point recreation and stage the match.
The third set was one other shut affair, with Osaka profitable the opening recreation – her seventh of the final eight – to provide herself the benefit.
Osaka entered the Arthur Ashe stadium carrying a face masks with Tamir Rice’s identify printed throughout the entrance. Rice, a 12-year previous boy from Cleveland, was shot useless by police in 2014.
The younger tennis megastar had been utilizing the US Open to advocate for an finish to racism and police brutality, and wore comparable face masks forward of each certainly one of her video games, with completely different names of victims of police brutality printed on them.
When she was requested in regards to the message she was making an attempt to get throughout, the newly-crowned champion was straight to the purpose.
She replied: “What was the message that you simply received?
“That’s extra the query. The purpose is to make individuals begin speaking.”