Naomi Osaka demonstrated her maturity to fight back against Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final to claim her third Grand Slam title.

The Japanese, 22, won 1-6 6-3 6-3 on her way to a second US Open title.

Osaka was overwhelmed in the first set and was in danger of trailing 3-0 in the second before recovering to win 10 of the next 11 games to take momentum.

The Belarusian Azarenka, 31, playing in her first major final since 2013, lost serve for 5-3 in the decider.

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Osaka’s level raised considerably as Azarenka was unable to maintain the intensity she showed in a one-sided opening set.

“I don’t want to play you in any more finals, I didn’t really enjoy that, it was a really tough match for me,” Osaka jokingly told Azarenka.

“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.”


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