Naomi Osaka Wins Women's Singles Final at U.S. Open with Incredible Comeback
Naomi Osaka has recently been declared the Women's Singles Final winner at the U.S. Open, her third major title after winning the 2018 U.S. Oped edition as well as the 2019 Australian Open.
On Saturday, the 22-year-old managed to defeat her opponent, former number one in the world Victoria Azarenka, by making an amazing comeback.
The match didn't start well for the Japanese athlete, having lost the first set 1-6, but Osaka pulled herself together for the next two sets, which she won 6-3, 6-3.
QUITTING WAS NOT AN OPTION
"For me, 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."
Osaka entered the tournament as one of the strongest contenders to the title, so losing in such a short amount of time was out of the question for the rising star.
Her previous win, although historical, was marred by an altercation between her opponent, Serena Williams, and chair umpire Carlos Ramos
After the match, Azarenka, who currently holds the 27th spot in the WTA Singles Rankings, said that she hopes to meet Osaka again in a future finals match.
FACING ONE OF HER HEROES
Osaka, however, didn't seem very enthusiastic about it and explained that she really didn't enjoy the match because Azarenka was a very strong opponent. She added:
"It was a really tough match for me, and it’s really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger, so just to have the opportunity to play you is really great, and I learned a lot.”
A CONTROVERSIAL FINALS MATCH
As aforementioned, this was the second U.S. Open title for the 22-year-old athlete. Her previous win, although historical, was marred by an altercation between her opponent, Serena Williams, and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Williams accused Ramos of robbing her of a point and giving her unfair violations, which lead her to claim that she never cheats and that she would rather lose than cheat.
During the argument, the tennis star demanded an apology from the Portuguese umpire for his allegedly unfair decisions, but she never received said apology.