In the final of Flushing Meadows, the Japanese meets the Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka. Who will be victorious in the Grand Slam winners’ duel? The final in the live ticker.
Two two-time Grand Slam winners in a direct duel – Naomi Osaka and Viktoria Azarenka meet in the final of Flushing Meadows. Will Japan’s Osaka win again at the US Open after 2018? Or will Viktoria Azarenka secure the title in New York after her baby vacation?
Follow the game here in the live ticker.
1: 6, 0: 1 – It continues in the same way. The forehand is too long, the body language is negative – and in return, Azarenka secures the first point with the next winner.
Summary 1st sentence: Azarenka has fully reached the final, Osaka not yet – that’s how the first sentence can be summed up. 14 unforced mistakes, only 44 percent winner after the first serve, no pressure, no height, no confidence in the Japanese, who urgently need a sense of achievement.
1st part, 1: 6 – That’s just too many mistakes from Osaka. She served against the loss of the match but didn’t close the bag at 40:30, Azarenka couldn’t be shaken off – securing the first set with a longline winner.
1st part, 1: 5 – At the moment everything is going too fast for Osaka, the first sentence is almost gone. Azarenka plays patiently, routinely, and repeatedly sprinkles the strong longline. When Osaka throws another forehand into the net at 3:30 PM, she throws her bat to the ground in frustration. But then she grabs herself, attacks the net – and just as it seemed at 40:40 that she is now making her way, the next ball hits the net. Then another forehand ends in the off – and Azarenka leads 5: 1.
So far she is completely beside herself: Naomi Osaka. (Source: Reuters)
1st part, 1: 4 – Another break from Azarenka! Osaka doesn’t come into play at all, her opponent just returns as strong as a bear, while nothing works for herself. Again she warps a forehand and gives up her service game.
1st part, 1: 3 – Played simply by Azarenka, who dictates the game, Osaka can only react and is chased across the square by the Belarusian.
1st part, 1: 2 – Osaka is not really getting started at all and cannot build up pressure yet. Also indicative: in the first two games she made six errors without necessity, Azarenka still none. Nonetheless, Osaka forced their first run with their serve. Then Osaka takes a breath, almost relieved, and smiles.
1st set, 0: 2 – Azarenka puts Osaka under pressure, the Japanese still misses the correct length in the strokes, with a warped forehand she also surrenders the second game.
1st set, 0: 1 – The first break! Azarenka picks up the service game from Osaka, the Japanese immediately looks nervous.
Before the match: Osaka and Azarenka are already heating up. We are going to start.
Before the match: The paths of the two finalists to the final:
Before the match: Osaka has excelled in New York so far, not only with her strong performance on the field, but also with her special gestures – the 23-year-old supports the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and bore the names of victims of racism and on her mask during the tournament Police violence in the US.
“It’s a great motivation for me to bring these names closer to as many people as possible,” she said. “I’m not sure if it gives me extra power, but I absolutely want more people to talk about it.”
Before the match: Viktoria Azaranka – The Belarusian has had eventful years, from the birth of son Leo in 2016 to the next custody dispute to the difficult fight back to the top of the world. Now she is in her first Grand Slam final since 2013.
Before the match: Osaka and Azarenka in direct comparison
Before the match: Osaka, in particular, has special memories of the US Open final – the Japanese won her first major title at the 2018 tournament, in an emotional final against Serena Williams. The American star had a now legendary freak in the dispute with the referee and spoiled Osaka with the celebration of their first big success.
But Azarenka also knows her way around New York – the 31-year-old was in the finals in 2012 and 2013, but lost both finals: Serena Williams triumphed both times – ironically, she now failed Azarenka’s semifinals.