Osaka broke in the fourth game of the third set!
Third set: * Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 3-1 Azarenka
Azarenka goes down 15-30 on his serve, then he merges into his second double fault of the day for 15-40 and a double break point. She made her first save with the 23rd winner (against 19 unlimited errors), but Osaka got a break with a punitive backhand winner at the end of the 16-stroke rally that Azarenka could not clear again. In this third and decisive set the nose went out against the 2018 US Open champ.
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 Azarenka *
Osaka easily catches up with Love-15, closing the game with his sixth ace. He won 80% of his first-serve points in the third set, 65% in the second and 44% in the first.
Third set: * Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-1 Azarenka
Azarenka responds with her business-like grip, pairing herself with a couple and saying “Let’s go!” Promotion after winners.
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 Azarenka *
Osaka held comfortably to open the third set, ending the game with its 23rd and 24th winners (against 18 unforced errors). She has won seven of the last eight games. Full 180.
Osaka won the second set, 6-3!
Osaka broke in the ninth game of the second set!
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3 Azarenka
Osaka pushes Azarenka to the deuce 40-15, then overcooks the backhand from the baseline to break and point down. She saved it with the help of another Osaka Unforced Mistake, just to get a second break chance after a few more dis points for Osaka. This time Osaka is transformed from a two minuteline with a clever backhand winner, a marathon game spanning 16 points over nine minutes, and we are heading towards a decisive one.
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 5-3 Azarenka *
Osaka has got its service. She’s pushed to 30-all, but then there’s an 112mph ace at the bottom of the pipe followed by the backhand winner at the start of the point. Now Azarenka will serve to stay in the second set.
Osaka broke in the seventh game of the second set!
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 4-3 Azarenka
Azarenka service is the momentary lullaby of the game and she is quickly below the love-40. She saved from the first forehand Osaka can’t come back, but then overcocks the backhand on the approach and now Osaka breaks up.
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 3-3 Azarenka *
Os Saka Love Holds, Going Service Winners, Service Winners, Forehand Winners, Bridges by 107 MPF Exide.
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 2-3 Azarenka
Azarenka has yet to save his very tough grip, breaking the Aces pair and cracking another service winner of 82 mpf.
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 2-2 Azarenka *
Holds from Osaka Love-15, hitting a pair of 109 MPF aces on the way to uniting the break for 2-All. During the day Osaka is serving at an average speed of 12 MPF faster than Azarenka, but she has served 70 percent before her (compared to 90 percent for Wicca).
Osaka broke in the third game of the second set!
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 1-2 Azarenka
Osaka pushes 40-30 on the service of Azarenka, who has already hit three winners in the game. But Osaka beat him with a forehand winner, then ripped off the forehand that Azarenka would not be able to handle for his first break point of the match. And he converted it with the help of Azarenka’s fourth unforced error of this set – after making just three in the full opener.
Azarenka broke in the second game of the second set!
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 0-2 Azarenka *
Osaka’s bad day at Os Fees takes a turn for the worse as she falls behind 15 -40 after -15 on love, giving Azarenka two points for a break for 2-love. Osaka saves the first with its first ace in the afternoon, 93 mph below the middle. But Azarenka converts with a backhand winner on the following issue and is out in the second set.
Azarenka won the first set, 6-1!
Azarenka broke in the seventh game of the first set!
First set: Osaka 1-6 Azarenka
Unusual error No. 13 on his service has three points from Osaka chips and a sudden Azarenka set. Osaka responds with a backhand winner and a 93 MPF service winner, only Azarenka forces him to deuce. From there Azarenka closed the set by beating Osaka for the third time in 26 minutes with a backhand winner.
First set: * Osaka 1-5 Azarenka
Osaka blew away the opener by merging into his 10th and 11th incredible errors, while Azarenka led 40-15. Osaka pushes him through a forehand volley winner with an Azarenka error to settle a 10-shot rally. But Azarenka easily catches up to integrate the break from there and Osaka will serve to stay in the first set.
Azarenka broke in the fifth game of the first set!
First set: Osaka 1-4 Azarenka *
Azarenka pushes Osaka to 30-all after Osaka’s eighth unlimited error (against two winners). Osaka then merges into his second double fault of the second day for a break point … and Azarenka turns it around when Osaka pushes the forehand as early as possible in the baseline rally. Vika goes on a double break after just 17 minutes. In this tournament (or any one of her previous two Grand Slam finals) we serve below the Osaka standard.
First set: * Osaka 1-3-. Azarenka
Azarenka stays out of the front after advancing to another easy grip. She has won eight out of nine points on her serve.
First set: Osaka 1-2 Azarenka *
Osaka makes his sixth Ashwin error in the afternoon for a 15-all on the baseline forehand, but considering his next three points he closes the straight grip and comes on board.
First set: * Osaka 0-2 Azarenka
Azarenka backs up comfortably with Love Hold. A promising start to his first major final in seven years.
Azarenka broke in the first game of the first set!
First set: Osaka 0-1 Azarenka *
A scratchy service game to start for Osaka, which accidentally opens at the end of a 12-stroke baseline rally from its front end. It hits the baseline winner at the next point just goes down quickly 15-40, giving Azarenka a pair of early break-point chances. She saves the first of them, but gives Azarenka a break with a forehand misfire on the second.
The players are finishing their motivation and we should move on in a moment. Osaka came to court wearing a face mask with the name of 12-year-old black boy Tamir Rice, who was shot by Cleveland police in 2014 as part of it. Fortnightly tribute.
Welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for today’s US Open women’s singles final Naomi Osaka And Victoria Azarenka. The two most popular players on the WTA Tour resumed play after a five-month hiatus – both former World No. 1, two-time Grand Slam champion – minutes away from taking the court with each in search of a third career major title. .
Here’s a look at how today’s finalists compare. Osaka Has a 2-1 lead All-time head-to-head, won their most recent meeting at the French Open last year. They were scheduled to meet for the fourth time in last week’s Western and Southern Open finals, but Osaka withdrew due to a left hamstring injury.
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