Naomi Osaka showed increasing maturity to defeat Victoria Azarenka in a convincing US Open final and won her third Grand Slam title.
Osaka, 22, the fourth seeded player, won her second U.S. Open title 1-6 6 6-3 6-3.
Osaka was overwhelmed in the first set and risked a 3-0 lead in the second set, but then won 10 of the next 12 games to capture the momentum.
The 31-year-old Belarusian played in her first Grand Final since 2013 and was broken 5-3 in the deciding match before Osaka served out.
Osaka screamed with joy as she scored her second match point, then lay quietly on the field and looked up into the New York sky as she watched her latest performance.
The level in Osaka was raised considerably as Azarenka was unable to maintain the intensity she had shown in a one-sided first set.
The retaliation allowed Osaka, who won the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019, to maintain her record and win every Grand Slam final she has ever played in.
“I don’t want to play against you in the final anymore, I didn’t really enjoy it, it was a really hard game for me,” Osaka joked while speaking to Azarenka.
She added: “It was really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger. I learned a lot, so thank you very much.