Both Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka are making arrangement to enjoy every moment of their US Open final this Saturday evening.
Both Players are yet to lose a match since the WTA Tour’s resumption, and they are looking forward to taking to court for the Grand Slam decider.
The pair advanced strongly through their semi-final clash with Jennifer Brady and Serena Williams respectively, and have showed their strength and determination in every part of their campaigns.
Azarenka’s victory over Williams saw her come back from losing the opening set 6-1 and now she’S aiming for her first Grand Slam final since 2013.
she stated that “I believe it’s going to be a great final. I hope it will be,”
“Naomi’s a great champion, very powerful player.
She’s won two already.
And now we are both looking for a third one? It will be great!”
At this year’s Slam, Azarenka has reveal about having an ego back in 2012/13 when she was on top, and talk about this again ahead of the final.
when you are coming up from nothing, then you become a No 1 player in the world, sometimes you can start to think you’re too powerful to be defeated and that you’re better than everybody.
It’s not true,” she said.
I’ve tried work on my path and learn from my mistake of [having] that ego.
I’m focus now and have realized that being a tennis player doesn’t make you good or bad than anybody else.
You’re still human and all what we can do is be to be the best version of yourself.”
Azarenka and Osaka had been due to meet in the Western & Southern Open final, however Osaka had to pull out ahead of the match due to injury she sustain.
Their Past Game Experience
“I’m so happy to play her because we were supposed to play last week,” Osaka stated this after her semi-final victory over Brady.
“It’s going to be super fun. She plays very well.
I watched her semi-final a little, and they had some incredible come back.
“She’s incredibly great, so I’ll have to stay strong also and have fun.
Playing in the final is a blessing and a great opportunity.
The 22-year-old last played in the US Open final back in 2018 and won the title.
Throughout this campaign, and in recent months, she has looked more at ease in herself and also thinks that her mentality has changed.
I feel much different this time around,” she said.
I’ve learned so much through the ups and downs, not even counting the finals, but just regular Tour tournaments.
“Inwardly I feel stronger.
I feel prepared now. It’s going to be fun to see what happens.”
Both of them have not lost a match since the WTA Tour resumed and they have met each other three times before.
Osaka is ahead of Azarenka in the head-to-head 2-1 with their last encounter coming at last year’s French Open on clay.
Their previous meeting in the hard court was back in 2016 when Azarenka prevailed 6-1 6-1 at the Australian Open.