Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka For the second time in her career, she defeated Jennifer Brady 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the US Open final.
Without leaving a single set in New York, Brady reached his first Grand Slam semi-final, showing no nerves. But Osaka’s firepower allowed her to become the 28th American seed in a high-quality competition.
Fourth seed Osaka won two consecutive Grand Slam titles in New York two years ago, knocking out 35 winners and having 17 forced errors inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Commenting on his return to the US Open final, Osaka said: “It means a lot to me. “I consider New York to be my second home. Sadly, although there are no people here, I think this court fits me well. ”
When asked what was the happiest reaction to her decision to wear masks displaying the names of black Americans who were unjustly killed at the hands of police or civilians, Osaka made it clear.
“For me, I feel like I’m reaching out to people,” she says. “What I feel in this bubble is that I am not really sure what is going on in the outside world. Even when I received video messages a few days ago [from the parents of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery], For me it was really touching. I and everyone I know cried. Just knowing that people are listening to me. ”
Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open race for Brady ended in 2017 when he reached the fourth round in Melbourne and New York.