News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 13 Sep 2020 12:32pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Naomi Osaka on Sunday won her third career Grand Slam title after securing a win over Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open.
  • She registered a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the decider over Azarenka
  • A champion again, she made her point unmistakably.

Naomi Osaka on Sunday won her third career Grand Slam title after securing a win over Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open. She registered a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the decider over Azarenka. 

Osaka is a dynamic and athletic player. With her powerful groundstrokes and improved fitness, she is still a work in progress. Osaka announced she would not be playing her semifinal match in a tune-up event, preferring not to distract from Black Lives Matter protests and the outrage over Jacob Blake’s shooting, a few weeks ago. All matches were called off that day as the entire tennis ecosystem scrambled in response to her. She also announced at the U.S Open that she would be wearing a mask adorned with a victim of police brutality for each of her seven matches. She wore seven masks with different names for each of her matches to honour Black victims of violence.  Azarenka gave it her all in the quest to win her first Grand Slam title after 2013 but Osaka made a comeback to remember for ages.

Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. Osaka made her Fed Cup debut for Japan in 2017, while the team was competing in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I. In 2018 Osaka made her Hopman Cup debut with Yuichi Sugita. Osaka is an aggressive baseline player but she has excellent raw power, especially on her forehand and her serve. Her father Leonard François coached her from the age of three.

Fans were not permitted because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Ashe Stadium was nearly empty on Saturday. The little crowd never became a factor. Though Osaka started very slowly against Azarenka, she gradually found her range and became the first player in 26 years to win a U.S. Open women’s singles final after losing the first set.

A champion again, she made her point unmistakably.

 

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 13 Sep 2020 16:32pm IST


Tags : Naomi Osaka, US Open, Grand Slam title

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