US Open day 13: Naomi Osaka toils to take US Open title

Naomi Osaka returned to the grand slam winner’s circle with a comeback victory against Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final.

The Japanese star lost the opening set inside half an hour but turned things around brilliantly to triumph 1-6 6-3 6-3 and claim her third grand slam title.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the story of the penultimate day of action in New York.

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Naomi Osaka soaks it all in after winning the US Open title
Naomi Osaka soaks it all in after winning the US Open title (Seth Wenig/AP)

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Osaka’s comeback marked the first time in 26 years the women’s final in New York has been won by the player who lost the first set. The last woman to achieve the feat was Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who defeated Steffi Graf in 1994 having also dropped the opening set 6-1.

Mariah Carey hits Flushing Meadows

Thank you @USOpen for this amazing TV Premiere of my song "Save The Day". Couldn't be more honored and moved to share the message of the song with these incredible female champions. 🎾❤️ #SaveTheDaypic.twitter.com/e7nL7UPPZF

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 12, 2020

In this most strange of years, opening the women’s final with Mariah Carey sitting in a car inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre and singing to footage of the greats of women’s tennis made perfect sense. Maybe.

Up next

Dominic Thiem will look to make it fourth time lucky in grand slam finals when he takes on first-time finalist and good friend Alexander Zverev for the men’s title.

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