The Japanese Tennis Star Naomi Osaka hit headlines on Sunday as she defeated Victoria Azarenka and won the US Open 2020 finals.
According to the details, Naomi Osaka won the final by 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim her second US Open title and third Grand Slam of her professional career.
She is the first women’s player to tally three majors under the age of 23 since Maria Sharapova — who was the highest-paid female athlete for a decade — did it in 2008.
She is also the first woman since 1994 to overturn the first-set deficit en route to winning a US Open final.
The match did not start the way the 2018 champion would have wanted and went on to lose the opening set in 27 minutes.
In the second set, Victoria Azarenka had a 2-0 lead when Osaka broke her serve.
She then went on to take a 4-3 lead before breaking Azarenka’s serve twice in succession.
She wore seven masks with different names for each of her matches to honor Black victims of violence.
She said it motivated her — “I wanted more people to say more names” — and she walked on the court with a mask bearing the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Cleveland by a white police officer in 2014.
“The point is to make people start talking,” Osaka said at the award ceremony. Naomi Osaka, 22, who represents Japan and is based in the United States, is 3-0 in Grand Slam singles finals.
Naomi appeared ready to take command of the women’s game when she won the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open and became No. 1.
In the previous year, as she defended her U.S. Open title, Osaka was defeated in the fourth round by Belinda Bencic.
At the Australian Open in January, she played an error-filled match and was upset in the third round by Coco Gauff, then 15, an American whom Osaka had beaten in a straightforward fashion in the 2019 U.S. Open.