Today there will be the US Open women's singles final between Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka. Osaka won the 2018 edition against Serena Williams while Azarenka lost her last Slam final played in New York, in 2013 just against the American champion.
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 Slam wins, after New York 2018 and the Austialian Major 2018.
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, despite Azarenka's enthusiasm, which has lasted since the Western and Southern Open title, could be an advantage for the Belarusian.
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: who will win between Osaka and Azarenka?
This season, after the spreading of coronavirus 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.
Victoria had a more tortuous and difficult path in confront of her rival: in fact she defeated rivals like Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Elise Mertnes and Serena Williams.To reach the final, Osaka defeated opponents such as Misaki Doi, Camila Giorgi, Anett Kontaveit, Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady.
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. The men's singles final will see Alexander Zverev meet Dominic Thiem.
The German defeated Pablo-Carreno Busta after a five-sets exciting battle, while the Austrian defeated the defending finalist Daniil Medvedev after a three-sest good victory. For the first time since the US Open 2016 final, there will not be Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Nopvak Djokovic to play a Slam final.