Third set: * Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-2 Azarenka
Azarenka is pushed 15-all, then 15-30 in a must-catch service game. Another angular forehand made by Osaka, which Vika could not handle, makes 15-40 and Osaka had two break points to take the match by scruff. Azarenka saves both of them quick, but Osaka wins the next point for a third chance at the break. She saves it even when Osaka misses the cross court backhand winner. Another marathon unfolds at two deuce points until Osaka breaks another backhand winner for a fourth break point opportunity. Azarenka is able to fight it and escape with a grip after about 10 minutes, closing it with a 91mph second serve ace.
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 4-1 Azarenka *
A very loose service game for Osaka, she quickly drops the Love-40 and the triple break point in her serve. But she pushes the trio aside with a forehand winner and a pair of irreversible serves, then cozy from the deuce. What an escape! That grip from Love-40 could be the decisive moment with two games from the title with Osaka. She’s a good customer, that’s Naomi. But we already know that.
Osaka break in the fourth game of the third set!
Third set: * Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 3-1 Azarenka
Azarenka went down 15-30 on his serve, then added 15-40 on his second double fault and a double break point. She saves the first with her 23rd winner (against 19 forced errors), but Ozaka takes a break with the penalty backhand winner at the end of the 16-stroke rally, while Azarenka never returns to the net. In this third and decisive set the 2018 US Open champ is on the nose.
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 Azarenka *
Osaka closed the game with its sixth ace and easily caught on from Love-15. In the third set she won 80% of the first-serve points, the second 65% and the first 44%.
Third set: * Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-1 Azarenka
Azarenka replied with a business-like grip like hers, “Come on!” Sermons after the winners.
Third set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 Azarenka *
Osaka was comfortable opening the third set, finishing the game with its 23rd and 24th winners (against 18 forced errors). She has won seven of the last eight games. Complete 180.
Osaka won the second set 6-3!
Osaka break in the ninth game of the second set!
Second set: Osaka 1-6, 6-3 Azarenka
Osaka pushes Azarenka from 40-15 to Deuce, then breaks the backhand from the baseline and goes to the break and sets the point down. She saves it with help from another Osaka forced error, only to earn another break chance after a few more deuce points for Osaka. This time Osaka switched from a baseline to a crisp backhand winner, breaking into a marathon game of over 16 points over nine minutes and we were going to the referee.
Second Set: Osaka 1-6, 5-3 Azarenka *
Osaka found its service. She was pushed 30-all, but then goes over the 112mph ace pipe, then the backhand winning point is at the start. Now Azarenka can be used to being in the second set.
Osaka break in the seventh game of the second set!
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 4-3 Azarenka
Azarenka was momentary in the service game and she quickly reduced the love-40. She saves the first with a big forehand that Osaka will not return, but overrides the backhand on that approach and now Osaka has taken a break.
Second Set: Osaka 1-6, 3-3 Azarenka *
Osaka Love Hold, Going Service Winner, Service Winner, Forehand Winner, 107 MFs Out Wide by Air.
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 2-3 Azarenka
Azarenka is still offering his most impressive grip, with a pair of aces and an 82mf second serve service winner.
Second Set: Osaka 1-6, 2-2 Azarenka *
Osaka grabbed from Love-15 and hit the 109mph Aces pair to consolidate the break for 2-all. Osaka was serving an average speed of 12 millimeters faster than Azarenka that day, but she received only 70% of the service for the first time (compared to 90% for Vika).
Osaka break in the third game of the second set!
Second set: * Osaka 1-6, 1-2 Azarenka
Azarenka, who had already beaten three winners in the game, pushed Osaka 40-30 in the serve. But Osaka tries to deuce with a forehand winner, and then breaks the forehand that Azarenka cannot handle for the first break point of the match. And she changes it with the help of Azarenka’s fourth forced error of the set – after making just three of the total openers.
Azarenka breaks second game in second set
Second Set: Osaka 1-6, 0-2 Azarenka *
Osaka’s bad day at the office gets worse with her love-15 coming back, and then she gives Azarenka two points for a break to 15-40, 2-love on the serve. Osaka with its first ace in the afternoon, drops between 93mph. But Azarenka turns out to be the backhand winner on the following point and she leads in the second set.
Azarenka won the first set, 6-1!
Azarenka broke down in the seventh game of the first set!
First set: Osaka 1-6 Azarenka
Osaka were 13th in their serve with a compelling error and were suddenly three points from the Azarenka set. Osaka responds with a backhand winner and a 93MPH service winner, only for Azarenka to push it to the deuce. From there Azarenka closed the set and smashed Osaka with the backhand winner for the third time in 26 minutes.
First set: * Osaka 1-5 Azarenka
Ojaka continued to distance the opener, combining his 10th and 11th forced errors as Azarenka ran 40-15. Ozaka pushed it to deuce with Azarenka error, then the forehand volley winner to settle the 10-shot rally. But Azarenka catches easily from there to consolidate the break and Osaka serves to stay in the first set.
Azarenka breaks in the fifth game of the first set!
First Set: Osaka 1-4 Azarenka *
Azarenka pushed 30 all-out on the Osaka serve after Osaka’s eighth forced error (against two winners). Osaka then combines for a break point in its second double fault … and Azarenka changes it when Osaka pushes a forehand too early in the baseline rally. Vika goes up the double break just 17 minutes later. The service that Osaka did to watch this tournament (or her previous two Grand Slam finals) was minimal.
First set: * Osaka 1-3 Azarenka
Azarenka stands in front after the wind for another lighter grip. She won eight of the nine points on the serve.
First Set: Osaka 1-2 Azarenka *
Osaka makes a sixth forced bug 15-all baseline forehand in the afternoon, but tries to get straight on board by grabbing the next three points she catches.
First set: * Osaka 0-2 Azarenka
Azarenka lovingly grabs the break and backs up comfortably. A good start to her first major final in seven years.
Azarenka broke down in the first game of the first set!
First Set: Osaka 0-1 Azarenka *
A scratchy service game to start for Osaka that opens with a forced error from her forehand at the end of a 12-stroke baseline rally. She hit the baseline winner on the next point, quickly going down 15-40, giving Azarenka early break-point chances. She saves the first of them, but gives Azarenka a break with a second forehand misfire.
The players are completing their warm-up activities and we should be on the lookout. Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014, appeared in Osaka court wearing a face mask. A tribute to the fortnight.
The story of the tape
Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for today’s US Open Women’s Singles Final Naomi Osaka And Victoria Azarenka. The two hottest players on the WTA tour – former world No. 1s and two-time two-time Grand Slam champions – have been minutes away from taking to the court with each other for a third career major title since the game resumed after a five-month hiatus. .
See here how today’s finalists compare. Osaka Has a 2-1 lead Head-to-head at All-Time, they won their most recent meeting at the French Open last year. They were due to meet for the fourth time in the Western & Southern Open finals last week, but Osaka withdrew due to a left hamstring injury.