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Naomi Osaka defeats Victoria Azarenka to win second US Open title

Japan's Naomi Osaka on Sunday won her third career Grand Slam title after securing a win over Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open

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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open
Naomi Osaka, now based in California, arrived for the U.S. Open intent on claiming the championship.

Japan's on Sunday won her third career Grand Slam title after securing a win over Victoria Azarenka in the final of the

Osaka registered a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the decider over Azarenka. The No. 4 seed and 2018 champion overcame an inspired assault from Azarenka in the opening set to win her third career Grand Slam crown after one hour and 53 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Recalling the differences between Sunday's win and her first in 2018, after the match, Osaka said she is "more of a complete player" now.

"I feel like two years ago, I maybe would have folded being down a set and a break. But I think, all the matches that I played in between that time shaped me and made me or forced me to mature more. Especially all the matches that I've played here were very tough," US Open's official website quoted Osaka as saying.

"I think definitely I'm more of a complete player now. I feel like I'm more aware of what I'm doing," she added.

Osaka is now the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles, breaking the tie she held with China's Li Na.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sun, September 13 2020. 09:04 IST