Don't want to face you in finals anymore, it was tough: Osaka to Azarenka after winning US Open 2020 title
Didn't really enjoy that: US Open 2020 champion Osaka hails tough opponent Azarenka
- Sep 13, 2020
US Open 2020 women's singles champion Naomi Osaka said that beating former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the final on Saturday was a very tough task and she "didn't really enjoy it".
Victoria Azarenka (L) and US Open 2020 women's singles champion Naomi Osaka (AP Image)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka came from behind to beat Azarenka and claim her 2nd US Open titleOsaka is the first women's player in 26 years to win US Open title after dropping 1st set in finalOsaka also revealed the reason why she wore 7 masks with names of 7 different victims of racism
22-year-old Naomi Osaka won her 3rd Grand Slam title on Saturday, Osaka, seeded 4th in the hard-court event looked in all sorts of problems during the first set of the match. Azarenka broke Naomi Osaka's serve on three occasions in the first set which Osaka lost 1-6.
Azarenka took the lead in the beginning of the second set as well. She held her serve in the first game and then in the following game broke Osaka again to take a 2-0 lead. It was at that point when it looked as if the US Open 2020 women's singles final will get over in a very short duration. But Osaka turned the tides in her favour and started her epic comeback after breaking Azarenka in the 3rd game of the 2nd set.
Close battles were fought till the match-point but Osaka prevailed to win her 2nd US Open title and 3rd Grand Slam title. She also became the first women's tennis player to win the final at US Open after dropping the first set.
In the post-match presentation ceremony the world number 9 cheekily mentioned about the toughness of Azarenka. She said she would never like to face the former Belarusian world number one again because it was a really tough match for her and she did not really enjoy it.
"First I want congratulate Vika (Victoria Azarenka). Actually don’t want to play you in any more finals. I didn’t really enjoy that. It was a really tough match for me. And, yeah, 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, so thank you.
"And then I want to thank my team they’re over there somewhere just for sticking with me. I know the beginning of the year wasn’t that great. Thank you for believing with me," Naomi Osaka said.
Osaka has been ardently supporting the Black Lives Matter movement ever since the killing of African-American person named George Floyd by a white police officer in USA. She had brought 7 masks for the 7 matches till the final of US Open 2020. All the 7 masks had names of 7 different victims of racism on it. When asked about the message she wanted to send by wearing those masks, Osaka put a question in response.
“What was the message that you got?” she said. “That’s more the question. The point is to make people start talking.”
"For me, I’ve been inside of the bubble so I’m not really sure what’s really going on in the outside world. All I can tell is what’s going on social media and for me I feel like the more retweets it gets that’s so lame but ... the more people talk about it.”
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