Naomi Osaka struggled in the early stages of the game as she staged a massive comeback to lift her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory.
With the hardcourt major being played without any fans due to Coronavirus, the Japanese did not allow the unusual circumstances distract her as she staged an intense fight back into the game and produced a battling performance.
The 22-year-old Japanese star already the highest earning female athlete has again added a whooping £2.3m in prize to her fortune as she becomes the first Asian to win three major titles surpassing Li Na.
She has been a proactive voice in the quest against people facing police brutality and has been a vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter wearing face masks throughout the tournament bearing the names of black victims of brutality and violence.
In the final match against Victoria Azarenka, she wore one with Tamir Rice’s name on it, a 12-year-old boy who was shot by a police while playing with a toy gun in 2014 while her boyfriend sat in the stands in a t-shirt bearing words “Defund the Police.”
The 31-year-old Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka was playing in her first Grand Slam final in seven years against a youthful Osaka taking a 2-0 lead before the fourth seed found some equilibrium to settle her nerves for an important hold of serve.
Azarenka maintained her momentum through the first two games of the second set but Osaka broke back for 2-1 and proved that to be a crucial moment.
Few errorrs from Azarenka gave Osaka the chance to bounce back claiming victory and lifting her third major title.