US Open women's final preview: a crown for Osaka and Azarenka

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US Open women's final preview: a crown for Osaka and Azarenka

Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka will compete in the women's singles final of the US Open 2020. An unprecedented final, even if both have at least once played a final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka won the 2018 edition against Serena Williams while Azarenka lost her last Slam final played in New York, in 2013 just against Serena.

Seven years after the last time, the Belarusian will have a very important chance to win her third Slam title, after two victories at the Australian Open 2012 and 2013. Osaka is also looking for her third Major, after New York 2018.

and Melbourne 2019. In this particular year, marked by the tragedy of the global Covid-19 pandemic, tennis is returning to normal, and this final is the best spot, between two tennis players who fully deserved to be here today to play such an important event.

To reach the final, Osaka defeated rivals such as Misaki Doi, Camila Giorgi, Anett Kontaveit, Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady along the way. Azarenka had a more tortuous and difficult path: in fact she met rivals like Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Elise Mertnes and Serena Williams in the semifinal.

US Open women's singles final: who will win between Osaka and Azarenka?

There are four past matches between the two players: in the head-to-head, Osaka leads 2-1. The Japanese won two matches on clay-courts: the round of 64 at the Italian Open 2018 and at the Roland Garros 2019.

The only hard-courts match was won in 2016 by Azarenka in round 16 of the Australian Open. The Belarusian also took advantage of the walkover in the final against Osaka at the Western and Southern Open, which should have been played two weeks ago in the Flushing Meadows bubble.

It will be a balanced final, between two perfect hard-court players. Azarenka's enthusiasm, which has lasted since the Western and Southern Open title, could be an advantage for the Belarusian, if perhaps Osaka has a few more chances, especially from a physical and mental point of view.

Both are tennis players used to playing at the top level, even if Azarenka hasn't played such an important match for a while. The Japanese have a few more percentages of victory, but in a final like this, emotionality and mental strength will be the decisive element, especially with the absence of the crowd and fans.

It will be a final different from all the others of the past, perhaps one of a kind. US Open women's singles final percentages: Naomi Osaka 55% Victoria Azarenka 45%