Wimbledon 2020 was cancelled, French Open 2020 and US Open posponed but the mega season of tennis is back. US Open 2020 is moving on without much of hassle and with some brilliant tennis, even though some of the stars backed out due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bio-secure bubble has been termed as “jail” by some athletes but those who are their to showcase their skills have done it regardless. 12 days of the hard-court event are done and dusted and we have got our final 4 finalists for the summit clash of men’s and women’s singles event.
Men’s tennis is going through an exciting time. The absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had given Novak Djokovic a threat-free route to clinch his 18th Grand Slam title but he messed it up because of an unlikely outburst which saw him disqualified from the event all together. The Serbian hit a lineswoman in her neck accidentally and that ended his journey in New York.
That also mean’s a new Grand Slam winner in men’s tennis in 6 years. Croatia’s Marin Cilic was the last first-time Grand Slam winner at 2014 US Open. With Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev beating their respective opponents, Dannil Medvedev and Pablo Carreño Busta on Saturday, a new champion of the Grand Slam events is just a matter of time now. Austria’s Thiem and Germany’s Zverev are sure to have sleepless nights, even though a good sleep will be a must for their recoveries.
“I have great friendship and rivalry with Sascha. If I win, I have my first. If not, I will probably have to call Andy Murray about how it is to be 0-4,” Dominic Thiem, who have lost in the finals of a Grand Slam on 3 occasions earlier, said.
On the other hand, Women’s singles finalists, 4th seed Naomi Osaka and unseeded Victoria Azarenka will lock their horns to further glorify their already stupendous achievements. Notably, both Osaka and Azarenka are 2-time Grand Slam Champions.
After a fidgety start against compatriot Misaki Doi, Osaka got into the groove and reached the finals after beating local hope Jennifer Brady in the semi-final. On the other, hand Victoria Azarenka stunned 23-time Grand Slam champion in the ‘Battle of Mothers’ to book the finals berth. Serena Williams had looked dodgy throughout the tournament, stealing victories in the end moments but Belarusian’s brilliance forced her rub of green to disappear in the end.
Osaka will look to will look to repeat history and win the title again, just like she won in 2018 at the Flushing Meadows, on August 13, while Victoria Azarenka will look to make the mothers around the world proud and put a strong statement in front of the tennis fans by doing what Serena Williams failed to yet again.
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