Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her third grand slam title by winning the US Open 2020. Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to lift her second US Open Championship.
Naomi Osaka, the fourth seed, overcame her unseeded opponent Azarenka in 1hr 53 min inside a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows.
Despite losing the first set and O-2 down in the second, Osaka fought back to win the thrilling final on Sunday.
The scoreline might show Osaka at the receiving end in only the first set but life was not easy for her in the two sets she won as well. Azarenka gave it her all in the quest to win her first Grand Slam title after 2013 but Osaka’s resilience has stunned fans as she made a comeback worth remembering for ages. She played tennis at the highest level when everything was at stake.
Osaka walked onto the court before the final wearing a mask bearing the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old African – American boy who was shot dead by a white police officer in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.
Osaka, of Japanese heritage, wore different masks for each of her seven matches in the tournament, honoring victims of racial injustice and police brutality.
Osaka, who has already been ranked as the highest-paid female athlete by Forbes won a staggering $3 million in prize money for winning the US Open 2020.
The 3-time Grand Slam champion Osaka now will become the World No. 3 displacing Karolina Pliskova who lost in the second round of the US Open. Osaka is the first player since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1994 to come from a set down to win the women’s final at the US Open.