Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the 2020 U.S. Open finals on Saturday, September 13, to claim the prestigious title for the second time in her career.
The 22-year-old Japanese tennis star staged a comeback after going losing the first set against her 31-year-old Belarusian opponent to lift her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.
Reacting to the win, Naomi said, “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour. I told myself 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.”
With previous victories in the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open, Naomi becomes the first Asian player to win three major titles, surpassing Chinese trailblazer Li Na. She also adds another £2.3million in prize money to her fortune which solidifies her spot as the highest-earning female athlete in the world.
The runner-up, Victoria Azarenka, 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.”