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US Open: Osaka Wins Third Grand Slam Title

Naomi Osaka came from a set down to win the 2020 US Open Women’s singles title with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

The Bellarusian won the first set at Flushing Meadows, without the usual crowd owing to Covid-19, but the Japanese fought back to win the remaining two sets for her third Grand Slam title.

Osaka,22, has been in the forefront for the battle against racial injustices as she wore the bands with names of victims of racial killings especially in the United States.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka: “I didn’t want to play you in more finals. That was really tough for me. I used to watch you. To have the opportunity to play you is really great.

“I want to thank all my people, my mom, my dad, my sister. I wouldn’t be here without you guys.

On laying down on the court after match: “I always see everyone collapse after match point. But I wanted to do it safely.

On the comeback from a set down: “For me, I just thought it would be embarrassing to lose this under an hour.

On wearing masks with the names of victims of racial injustice: “I felt the point was to make people start talking. I’ve been inside the bubble and not sure what’s going on in the outside world. The more retweets it gets, the more people talk about it.”

Runner-up Victoria Azarenka: “Congratulations to Naomi and her team. I hope we can meet in some more finals again.

“I want to thank all the people who came at such difficult times and made this tournament happen.

“I want to thank my team for believing in me. It’s been a long road coming here.”

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