Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated Belarusia’s Victoria Azarenka to win the US Open 2020 women’s singles title on Saturday.
The 22-year-old won the final with the score of 1-6, 6-3 and 6-3 to claim her second US Open title and third Grand Slam of her professional career.
It looked at one point that the three-time finalist would cap off her campaign with the title in a comfortable win but it didn’t turn out to be the case.
The 22-year-old from Osaka said that she was made to work hard for the victory.
“I didn’t really enjoy that,” she said as quoted by AFP after the final. “It was a really tough match for me.”
The Japanese, commenting on the momentum shift in the fixture, said that she had to change her approach towards the game. “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour so I just have to try as hard as I can and stop having a really bad attitude.”
The match did not started the way the 2018 champion would have wanted as her serve was broken twice by the 31-year-old and she went on to lose the opening set in 27 minutes.
In the second set, the Belarusian had a 2-0 lead when Osaka broke her serve. She then went on to take a 4-3 lead before breaking Azarenka’s serve twice in succession.
The game went into the deciding set where the 22-year-old broke Azarenka’s serve to extend her lead.
Things did not improve for the former world number one who wasted several opportunities to make a comeback in the fixture as she missed three break points.
She managed to save four break points to stay alive in the competition, before going on to break the champion’s serve.
Azarenka did everything in her arsenal to save the game for herself but it was too late.
She hit the net while battling to save a championship point and Osaka went on to celebrate her second US Open title victory.