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Osaka to face Azarenka Saturday for U.S. Open title

Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka have been far and away the two best women in the sport, which is why they will face each other Saturday in the U.S. Open final.

Osaka is 10-0 since the sport returned after being halted because of COVID-19. Azarenka lost her very first match back but has reeled off 11 consecutive victories since, capped by a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 elimination of Serena Williams in the semifinals Thursday night.

Osaka and Azarenka were supposed to meet in the final of the Western & Southern Open two weeks ago — that tournament was moved from its usual home in Ohio to Flushing Meadows as part of a two-event “controlled environment” to limit travel during the pandemic — but Osaka withdrew because of an injured left hamstring.

That hasn’t hampered her during the U.S. Open, which she won in 2018. Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady of the United States in the semifinals Thursday night 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

On Saturday, Osaka, 22, will be trying to collect her third championship from the past seven major tournaments — and Azarenka, who is 31, will be in her first Slam title match since 2013 in New York. She won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 and lost to Williams in the U.S. Open finals both years.

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