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Naomi Defeats Azarenka In 3 Sets To Win 2020 US Open

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the women's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Two years ago, Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open and was overwhelmed to the point of tears. Now, Osaka won the U.S. Open in a style that was more emblematic of a superstar: confident, skilled, and with a message. 

Osaka used her stage not just to be an athlete, but to fully embrace her role as an activist, bringing attention to the names of seven black people who have been killed by police in recent times. Osaka has quickly become a superstar in front of our eyes over the past two years, says SI senior writer Jon Wertheim.

Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets to win the 2020 U.S. Open. It is Osaka's second U.S. Open championship of her career. Osaka came back to defeat Azarenka after losing the first set 6-1. Osaka won the second and third sets 6-3. It is the 22-year-old’s third Grand Slam title of her career.

Osaka came into the tournament with a giant spotlight on her as she wore masks with the name of victims of police brutality and racism on them. She wore several masks with a different name for each match at Flushing Meadows.

She defeated Misaki Doi, Camila Giorgi, Marta Kostyuk, Anett Kontaveit, Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady on the way to another U.S. Open title. With the loss, Azarenka fell to 0-3 in U.S. Open finals – all coming in three sets. She lost to Serena Williams in both the 2012 and 2013 final.

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