Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka On Thursday, for the second time in his career, the U.S. Entered the final of the Open, defeating the big hit Jennifer Brady 7–6, -6-., -3-. On Thursday.
Brady reached his first Grand Slam semifinal without leaving the set in New York and showed no nerves. But the firepower of Osaka got him into the American 28th ranked match in a high quality match.
Fourth-ranked Osaka, who won two consecutive Grand Slam titles in New York two years ago, fired 35 winners, and had 17 obscene errors inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“It means a lot to me,” Osaka said of returning to the US Open final. “I consider New York my second home. Unfortunately I like the atmosphere so much even though there are no people here, I think this court really suits me well. ”
When asked what was most gratifying about his reaction to his decision to wear a mask featuring the names of black Americans unjustly killed at the hands of police or civilians, Osaka spoke.
“For me, I feel like I’m reaching out to people,” he says. “I think in this bubble I’m not really sure what’s going on in the outside world. Even a few days ago when I received a video message [from the parents of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery], For me it was really touching. I and everyone I know cried. Just knowing that people are listening to my voice. ”
Osaka’s victory puts Bradd in the lead. The grand finale of the Open ended with its previous best Grand Slam performance in 2017 when it reached the fourth round in Melbourne and New York.
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