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PHOTOS: Osaka rallies to win US Open crown

Last updated on: September 13, 2020 04:47 IST
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IMAGES from US Open women's final played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at the Flushing Meadows in the Queens borough of New York City on Saturday.

Japan's Naomi Osaka kisses the trophy after winning the US Open title on Saturday

IMAGE: Japan's Naomi Osaka kisses the trophy after winning the US Open title on Saturday. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Japan's Naomi Osaka battled from a set down to defeat Belarus' Victoria Azarenka to win the US Open final at the Flushing Meadows in New York on Saturday.

 

Osaka, who won her first US Open title in 2018, beat Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win her second US Open title and third major crown.

Noami Osaka

IMAGE: Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates a point during the third set. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

With the hardcourt major being staged without any fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Japanese fourth seed did not let the unusual circumstances distract her as she produced a battling performance to win her third Grand Slam title.

Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays a return

IMAGE: Belarus' Victoria Azarenka plays a return during the first set, which she dominated. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

The victory allowed the 22-year-old to maintain her 100% winning record in Grand Slam finals while Azarenka was denied a US Open crown for a third time having also finished runner-up in 2012 and 2013. Still it was a remarkable and unexpected run for the 31-year-old Belarusian, who was playing in her first major final in seven years.

Naomi Osaka plays a return

IMAGE: Naomi Osaka plays a return.Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

It marked the first time since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1994 that a player had dropped the first set of the women’s final and fought back to win the title.

Japan's Naomi Osaka sits on her bench after losing the first set

IMAGE: Japan's Naomi Osaka sits on her bench after losing the first set. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Victoria Azarenka reacts in the first set

IMAGE: Victoria Azarenka reacts after winning a point in the first set. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images
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