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Up a break in this second set @vika7 I #USOpen pic.twitter.com/1oCikLbcuH 9.51pm BST Second set: *Osaka 1-6, 0-1 Azarenka
Azarenka hits a forehand winner that kisses the netcord twice for 30-15 in case you were wondering how her day was going. Azarenka’s fifth unforced error pushes it to 30-all, but she follows with two quick points for the hold to open the second set. doink pic.twitter.com/vFOC8S32rr 9.49pm BST Azarenka breaks in seventh game of first set!First set: Osaka 1-6 Azarenka 9.41pm BST First set: *Osaka 1-5 AzarenkaOsaka continues to fritter the opener away, mixing in her 10th and 11th unforced errors as Azarenka races out to 40-15. Osaka pushes it to deuce with an Azarenka error followed by a forehand volley winner to settle a 10-shot rally. But Azarenka holds easily from there to consolidate the break and Osaka will serve to stay in the first set.
Championship quality @viak7 leads 5-1 in the opener#USOpenpic.twitter.com/jIrpRpJtZX 9.36pm BST Azarenka breaks in fifth game of first set!First set: Osaka 1-4 Azarenka* 9.32pm BST First set: *Osaka 1-3 AzarenkaAzarenka stays out in front after breezing to another easy hold. She’s won eight of the nine points on her serve.
9.32pm BST First set: Osaka 1-2 Azarenka*Osaka makes her sixth unforced error of the afternoon on a baseline forehand for 15-all, but rattles off the next three points on her serve to close out the straightforward hold and get on the board. 9.26pm BST First set: *Osaka 0-2 AzarenkaAzarenka backs up the break comfortably with a love hold. A promising start to her first major final in seven years. 9.24pm BST Azarenka breaks in first game of first set!First set: Osaka 0-1 Azarenka* 9.19pm BST The players are finishing their warm-ups and we should be under way momentarily. Osaka came on court wearing a facemask with the name of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old black boy who was shot by Cleveland police in 2014, as part of her fortnight-long tribute.Naomi Osaka walks on court for today's US Open final wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot dead by police in 2014. pic.twitter.com/i1rZyhwyTH 9.01pm BST Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for today’s US Open women’s singles final between Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka. The two hottest players on the WTA tour since the sport resumed after a five-month hiatus – both former world No 1s, both two-time grand slam champions – are minutes away from taking the court with each in search of a third career major title. Here’s a look at how today’s finalists compare. Osaka holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time head-to-head, winning their most recent meeting at last year’s French Open. They were due to meet a fourth time in the final of last week’s Western & Southern Open, but Osaka withdrew because of an injured left hamstring. 5.47am BST Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s Kevin Mitchell’s lookahead to today’s women’s final. Related: Osaka v Azarenka: two champions but US Open can have only one winner | Kevin Mitchell Continue reading...