The Japanese Naomi osaka retired due to a discomfort in the left thigh, handing over the title of Cicinnati WTA to the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, with whom he meets again today (10pm / Eurosport) in the final of the US Open, adding ten undefeated matches each.
Azarenka, 31 years old and 27th in the world ranking, took revenge from the American Serena Williams, his executioner in the finals of the US Open 2012 and 2013. The world No. 1 was given a third chance when he did reign in the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013.
Osaka, 22 years old and No. 9, stopped the American Jennifer brady 7-6 (1), 3-6 and 6-3. There was no North American party, especially since Serena Williams will continue with her 23 Grand Slam titles, one off the record of 24 from Margaret Court. You can try it, already 39 years old, at Roland Garros.
The Japanese woman can add three million dollars to her overflowing bank account, not in vain is she the sportswoman with the most economic earnings of the 2019-2020 financial year according to Forbes (37 million dollars). With a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, he chose to renounce American nationality in favor of that of the Asian country, where he is a magnet for sponsors due to his popularity.
Shy confessed, said having suffered as No. 1 after chaining the crowns of the US Open 2018 and Australian Open 2019. He said he did not know how to adapt to being the center of attention, also of his rivals on the track. She has worked on this aspect, but has personally grown from her deep convictions, placing her as a tennis champion of the Black Lives Matter movement. He announced his withdrawal in the Cincinnati ‘semis’ in protest at the tragic cases of racist police violence with George Floyd and Jacob Blake.
Osaka brought tennis to a halt, the Cincinnati “semis” postponed a day. In New York she comes out with a different mask every day with the name of a victim of racism.
She is a rebel with a cause, like Victoria ‘Vika’ Azarenka, who has demanded that conditions be improved on the circuit so that mothers can compete properly. The Belarusian has already fought against her former partner in court for the custody of Leo, born in December 2016. He had to be absent for months from the WTA Tour as he had to remain in his California residence by court order.
“Being a mother is the most important and the most difficult thing I can be in my life, but I am also a tennis player and a fighter,” proclaims Vika, who wants to follow in the footsteps of other champion mothers: Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters.