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US Open 2020 Women’s Final Highlights: Naomi Osaka wins third Grand Slam title

US Open Tennis 2020 Women's Singles Final Highlights: Naomi Osaka won her second US Open after rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 13, 2020 4:10:37 am
US Open 2020 Women's Final Highlights: Naomi Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka in a three set thriller. (Source: Reuters)

US Open 2020 Women’s Final Highlights: Naomi Osaka came out victorious against Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final on Saturday as she defeated her opponent 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Osaka, just 22, won her third Grand Slam title by turning around the match after playing poorly in the first set. Azarenka fell to 0-3 in US Open finals, all in three sets. She lost to Serena Williams in both the 2012 and 2013 final.



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US Open 2020 Women's Final Highlights:

03:41 (IST)13 Sep 2020
03:40 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Azarenka

Osaka is serving for the championship now, but she gives away the first point to Azarenka. A short rally later, Osaka makes it 15-15 and soon later, after an unreturnable serve, it's 30-15. Azarenka offers her opponent the championship point with an extremely overhit return. Osaka makes an unforced error after a baseline rally. 40-30. And then another, and Azarenka hits the net... that's it!

03:36 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 5-3 Azarenka

Azarenka serves again, but Osaka draws first blood making it 0-15. The Belarusian bounces back brilliantly with two quick points with two brilliant winners. Osaka doesn't let up either as she looks for a crucial break. 30-30. A baseline rally follows and Azarenka throws away a point as a return hits the net. 30-40. An unforced error from Viki and Osaka breaks! One game away now!

03:30 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-3 Azarenka

Osaka hasn't been deterred at all by the strong resilience by Azarenka. She races off to 40-15 swiftly counting on her opponent's errors. But Azarenka bounces back with two great returns to make it deuce. Azarenka wins the next point, and Osaka throws away the next point with a miscalculated backhand. She screams in frustration as Azarenka breaks her for the first time in the decider.

03:26 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-2 Azarenka

Osaka looks to break again now! Azarenka wins the first point with a good return but her wayward forehand in the next serve makes it 15-15. Osaka continues with her momentum and makes it 15-40 but Azarenka is not one to give up! She gets it to deuce but gives away the advantage to Osaka with yet another unforced error. While Osaka has lessened the errors, Azarenka's errors have become more prevalent in the second and third sets. Nevertheless, Azarenka bounces back and holds her serve. After four deuces.

03:15 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-1 Azarenka

Osaka with the serve, and it's all Azarenka here. The 31-year-old wins three consecutive points, but Osaka finds her rhythm once again and gets an advantage for her with four straight points for her. An unforced error from Azarenka and Osaka holds! 

03:12 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 3-1 Azarenka

Azarenka wins her first point quickly in her serve, but she stumbles on her way forward. After Osaka's brilliant forehand made it 15-15, Azarenka hitting the net on a return makes it 15-30. Soon after, she shows her fight with a brilliant forehand right from the edge of the court to make it 30-40. A baseline rally follows, and after a tedious exchange, Azarenka loses her serve as her backhand gave on her. Osaka breaks, and it could be matchchanger here! How important is that break going to be?

03:06 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 Azarenka

Barring one fumble up, Osaka takes her second game of the final set. She seals it with an ace. Osaka's won 80% of her first-serve points in third set, up from 65% in the second and 44% in the first. Who will break first in the decider?

03:03 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-1 Azarenka

Azarenka serves for the first time in the third set, and she grunts her way to a dominant position. After making it 40-15, she lets out a huge shout: "Come on!" Soon after, she wraps up the game from 40-30. No breaks... so far.

03:01 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Who will win the decider?
02:59 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 Azarenka

Osaka has found her serve again! She begins strongly, takes a challenge on a backhand return, and makes it 15-0. After two alternative points, Osaka wraps up the game with two brilliant forehands. Signs of confidence. 

02:54 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3 Azarenka

Azarenka uses a challenge early on in her serve and yes, Osaka's return was out. But Osaka' makes Azarenka dance to her rally next and claims the point. 15-15. Two unforced errors follow and Osaka nods her head in disgust. She makes amends as she makes it 40-30 with yet another powerful, well-positioned backhand. Osaka makes it deuce, but Azarenka doesn't let her be in control. The veteran bounces back from an opponent advantage takes it for herself but fails to make use of it. Deuce again. Two deuces and several brilliant forehands later, the resilient Osaka breaks and takes the second set. Game on! Onto the third now!

02:45 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 5-3 Azarenka

Osaka begins her serve with a lot of power, making it difficult for Azarenka to return properly. But the veteran makes up ground to make it 15-15. Osaka continues with her momentum and gets the next point with effective movement across the court. An ace and a brilliant backhand winner -- Osaka is back! She holds her serve and she's now just one game away from levelling things.

02:40 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 4-3 Azarenka

Azarenka begins her serve with a double fault and it goes downhill for her from there. She continues with two unforced errors and makes it 0-40. Although, she gets back one point but her backhand was too powerful in her next serve. Osaka breaks!

02:37 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 3-3 Azarenka

Osaka finds her groove back again as she holds to love. Brilliant stuff from the Japanese. 

02:35 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 2-3 Azarenka

Azarenka begins with an ace. Osaka makes it easier with an overhit. Despite ekeing out a point in the middle, Azarenka makes it easy business for her and races to hold her serve. She is now just three games away from the championship.

02:32 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 2-2 Azarenka

Osaka serves again and she starts well to turn things around. But Azarenka doesn't let up at all as she tries to put more pressure on the Japanese. 15-15-. 30-30. But Osaka edges it with two brilliant serves and brings about some parity in the second set.

02:27 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 1-2 Azarenka

Azarenka stumbled a bit at the start as Osaka stole a point from her, but she soon makes it 30-15 with a brilliant ace and then a drop shot. She gives away a point but a terrific backhand makes it 40-30. Osaka some spirit within herself and her forehand makes it deuce. Osaka does well to maintain the baseline rally and makes Azarenka overhit a return. A point later, she breaks!

02:22 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 0-2 Azarenka

Osaka serves for the first time in the second set and she looks all over the place. The score's at 15-15 but she gives away two points by giving away two unforced errors. 15-40. Osaka follows it up with an ace but Azarenka soon breaks her in her first serve.

02:19 (IST)13 Sep 2020
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 0-1 Azarenka

Azarenka starts the second set with a serve. First Osaka fails to cross the net, then Azarenka returns the favour. 15-15. She gains a fortunate point as the ball drops in Osaka's side of the court after hitting the net, but it becomes 30-30 after she overhits a return off her next serve. One point, two point, boom. What a forehand to seal the deal. Azarenka's showing some brilliant nerves! 

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