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Naomi Osaka Defeats Victoria Azarenka To Win Second US Open Title

Naomi Osaka bounced back from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka to claim her second US Open title in three years.

the Japanese produced a battling performance and was rewarded with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory.

The 22-year-old who is already the highest paid female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her fortune while she becomes the first Asian player to win three major titles, surpassing Chinese trailblazer Li Na.

Osaka has been a vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter, wearing facemasks during this tournament bearing the names of black victims of brutality and violence.

For the US Open Final, she wore a mask with Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy killed by a policeman while playing with a toy gun in 2014, written on it.

Her boyfriend wore a T-shirt with the caption, “Defund the police.”

Asked at the presentation ceremony what message she had hoped to send, Osaka replied sharply: “Well what was the message that you got? I feel like the point is to make people start talking.”

Meanwhile, 31 year old Azarenka made a great comeback as this is her first Grand Slam final in seven years.

The mother of one had been on and off due to custody battles against her former partner which had grossly affected her performances at court.

Naomi Osaka vs Victoria Azarenka: Match Stats

OsakaMatch StatsAzarenka
2Double Faults2
61%1st serve win percentage59%
50%2nd serve win percentage39%
5/10Break points won7/12
34Total winners30
26Unforced errors22
6/12Net points won11/16
87/170Total points won83/170
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