2020 US Open – Women's Singles

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Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in the final, 1–6, 6–3, 6–3, to win the Women's Singles tennis title at the 2020 US Open.[1] This was Osaka's second US Open title and third major overall. She was the first player to win the US Open women's singles title after losing the first set since Arantxa Sánchez Vicario won the title in 1994.[2]

Osaka became the first player from a fully Asian country to win a third Grand Slam singles title, the first player since Jennifer Capriati to win 3 such titles in 3 attempts and, at 22 years of age, the youngest player to win those 3 titles since Maria Sharapova won the 2008 Australian Open. Azarenka, who participated in her first Grand Slam tournament final since the 2013 US Open, was aiming to become the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles title since Kim Clijsters won the 2011 Australian Open.

Bianca Andreescu was the defending champion, but she withdrew before the tournament began due to travel concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; this would mark the first time a defending champion withdrew from a Grand Slam tournament since the 2018 Australian Open. Citing safety reasons, 5 other top 10 players (including reigning Grand Slam champions Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep) also withdrew from the event as well.[3][4] In all, 24 players ranked inside the top 100 were absent from the tournament.[5] The absences of Barty and Halep, respectively world No. 1 and 2, made this the first Grand Slam event since the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, when both Justine Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters withdrew prior to the event, that neither of the top 2 ranked players in the world were present in the draw.

There were no qualifiers this year. The WTA rankings valid on August 3 (being the rankings from March 16) were used to determine the main-draw entry list.

With her first round win over Kristie Ahn, Serena Williams surpassed Chris Evert for the most match wins (102) in US Open history. Williams was attempting to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and was also trying to set a new Open Era record by winning a seventh US Open singles title, but lost to Azarenka in the semifinals. Despite her loss, this made Williams the first player in history to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam, as well as the US Open, in 4 decades: the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.

29 of the 32 seeded women advanced out of the first round – the most since the US Open changed from 16 seeds to 32 seeds in 2001.[6]

With Williams, Azarenka and Tsvetana Pironkova all winning their fourth round matches, it marked the first time in Grand Slam history that 3 mothers had reached the quarterfinals. The semifinal between Williams and Azarenka was the first semifinal between 2 mothers in Grand Slam history.

It was the first time since the 1980 US Open that both semifinals and the final went 3 sets.

Prior to the broadcast of the women's singles final, Mariah Carey premiered a video for her song "Save the Day", which was filmed in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and featured clips of past black US Open champions Althea Gibson, the Williams sisters, Sloane Stephens and Osaka.

Players[edit source | edit]

Seeded players[edit source | edit]

Template:Seeds Template:Country data CZE Karolína Plíšková (Second round)

Template:Seeds United States Sofia Kenin (Fourth round) Template:Seeds United States Serena Williams (Semifinals) Template:Seeds Japan Naomi Osaka (Champion) Template:Seeds Belarus Aryna Sabalenka (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data CZE Petra Kvitová (Fourth round) Template:Seeds United States Madison Keys (Third round, retired) Template:Seeds Croatia Petra Martić (Fourth round) Template:Seeds United Kingdom Johanna Konta (Second round) Template:Seeds Spain Garbiñe Muguruza (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data KAZ Elena Rybakina (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data CZE Markéta Vondroušová (Second round) Template:Seeds United States Alison Riske (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data EST Anett Kontaveit (Fourth round) Template:Seeds Greece Maria Sakkari (Fourth round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data BEL Elise Mertens (Quarterfinals)

Template:Seeds Germany Angelique Kerber (Fourth round) Template:Seeds Croatia Donna Vekić (Third round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data UKR Dayana Yastremska (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data CZE Karolína Muchová (Fourth round) Template:Seeds Russia Ekaterina Alexandrova (Second round) Template:Seeds United States Amanda Anisimova (Third round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data KAZ Yulia Putintseva (Quarterfinals) Template:Seeds Poland Magda Linette (Third round) Template:Seeds China Zhang Shuai (First round) Template:Seeds United States Sloane Stephens (Third round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data TUN Ons Jabeur (Third round) Template:Seeds United States Jennifer Brady (Semifinals) Template:Seeds Russia Veronika Kudermetova (First round) Template:Seeds France Kristina Mladenovic (Second round) Template:Seeds Template:Country data LAT Anastasija Sevastova (Second round)

Template:Seeds Template:Country data SWE Rebecca Peterson (First round)

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Draw[edit source | edit]

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Finals[edit source | edit]


Top half[edit source | edit]

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Championship match statistics[edit source | edit]

Category Japan Osaka Belarus Azarenka
1st serve % 51/79 (65%) 68/91 (75%)
1st serve points won 31 of 51 = 61% 40 of 68 = 59%
2nd serve points won 13 of 27 = 48% 9 of 23 = 39%
Total service points won 45 of 79 = 56.96% 49 of 91 = 53.85%
Aces 6 3
Double faults 2 2
Winners 34 30
Unforced errors 26 22
Net points won 6 of 12 = 50% 11 of 16 = 69%
Break points converted 5 of 12 = 42% 5 of 10 = 50%
Return points won 42 of 91 = 46% 34 of 79 = 43%
Total points won 87 83

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "US Open 2020: Naomi Osaka beats Victoria Azarenka to win third Grand Slam title". BBC Sport. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. "Naomi Osaka fights back to sink Victoria Azarenka and regain US Open". Guardian. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  3. "Simona Halep Opts Out of Playing U.S. Open". Sports Illustrated. 17 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  4. "Two more top-10 players pull out of U.S. Open tennis due to coronavirus concerns". The Tampa Bay Times. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  5. Christopher Clarey (31 August 2020). "Attach an Asterisk to This U.S. Open? Tennis History Mocks That Idea". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  6. "Top-seeded Pliskova falls to Garcia at US Open". ESPN. 2020-09-02. Retrieved 2020-09-04.

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