Three of the six games played by the Japanese had to be resolved in a third set and had more wear than Victoria Azarenka, her rival this Saturday.
Naomi Osaka reaches the definition of the US Open 2020 as a candidate for having a better ranking than the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, over which she also has a slight advantage in heads-up, but the way to the final gave him more than one difficulty.
So much so that the former US Open champion in 2018 had to resolve three of her previous six matches in three sets, including the semifinal against American Jennifer Brady.
Osaka, ninth in the WTA rankings and fourth seeded in New York, He already gave up a set in his debut against his compatriot Misaki Doi (81 in the ranking), whom he beat 6-2, 5-7 and 6-2.
The former world number one was playing her first game since retiring from the Cincinnati Premier 5 finals (should have played against Azarenka) during the previous weekend due to a left leg tendon injury, but physically he showed few negative effects in two hours and three minutes of play under the lights of Arthur Ashe.
In the second round he had his simplest match, which he resolved in 70 minutes Against the Italian Camila Giorgi (74), whom she defeated 6-1 and 6-2.
Complications reappeared in Osaka’s course in the third round, instance in which he faced the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, only 18 years old.
The rookie pushed the Japanese to the limit, but the former US Open champion was much stronger in the third set when her opponent had three break points at 2-2.
Once consolidated, there was no party, since the Ukrainian collapsed and Osaka did not forgive: she won 6-3, 6-7 (4) and 6-2. “I’m a little scared of what will be in the future,” the Japanese praised the young woman anyway.
Already installed in the second week of the US Open, the Asian beat the Estonian Anett Kontaveit (21st in the ranking and 14th favorite) by 6-3 and 6-4. He did it in just one hour and 12 minutes, never giving up the serve. He didn’t even have to defend a break point against him and converted two that were enough to ensure his success in straight sets.
In the quarterfinals, The thorn of never being able to beat Shelby Rogers, the one who led the record by 3 to 0, could be removed.
In New York, the Japanese won 6-3 and 6-4 against the American (93rd in the ranking), in 80 minutes tennis and despite having the worst record of the first service so far in the tournament, with only 47 percent of correct answers.
“She had the advantage because she had always beaten me. So I had a feeling of revenge and I think my attitude was the right one,” he said. Osaka after the game.
In the semifinal against Brady, He again showed low efficiency with the first serve, only 57%, although he got nine aces and achieved 84% of the points played with the first serve.
Aggressive, in the game she sought quick resolution, so much so that she won 73% of the points in which there were short rallies, of three strokes or less, when she was on duty.
Although he obtained the same number of winners as his rival (35), the difference was seen in the unforced errors (17 against 25), to stay with a pro victory 7-6 (1), 3-6 and 6-3 .
Total, Naomi Osaka spent 10 hours and 46 minutes on the courts, while Victoria Azarenka needed 9 hours and 23 minutes to reach the final of the US Open.