Victoria Azarenka hopes to crown her excellent form in New York on Saturday by winning the US Open at the expense of Naomi Osaka.

If the Belarusian succeeds, she will become the fourth tennis star ever in singles to win a Grand Slam tournament as a mother.

The 31-year-old Azarenka, who gave birth to a son at the end of 2016, hopes to be in a row with Evonne Goolagong, Margaret Court and Kim Clijsters.

Serena Williams even reached four Grand Slam finals after her pregnancy (Wimbledon and US Open in 2018 and 2019), but always went down in the final battle.

It is the first time in seven years for Azarenka that she is in the final of one of the four major tournaments and also her last Grand Slam title dates from 2013, when she won the Australian Open.

If Azarenka beats Osaka on Saturday, it will have been 7 years and 230 days between that overall victory in Melbourne and the US Open title.

The record in the Open Era (from May 1968) is still held by Virginia Wade.

The British won the Australian Open in 1972 and only achieved new success at a Grand Slam 5 years and 180 days later by winning Wimbledon.

Wade defeated the Dutch Betty Stöve in the final in 1977.

Azarenka can look back on a strong tournament anyway, as she was not even qualified for the US Open.

Only five women in the past managed to win a Grand Slam in singles with unseeded status: Chris O'Neil (Australian Open 1978), Serena Williams (Australian Open 2007), Clijsters (US Open 2009), Jelena Ostapenko (Roland Garros 2017) and Sloane Stephens (US Open 2017).

Victoria Azarenka could not contain her emotions after her victory over Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the US Open.

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Osaka unbeaten in Grand Slam finals

With Osaka, Azarenka will meet a formidable and experienced opponent despite her age.

The 22-year-old Japanese already won the US Open in 2018 by beating Serena Williams in a controversial final and also won the Australian Open a few months later, making her unbeaten in Grand Slam finals.

Only four women have won their first three Grand Slam finals in the past: Monica Seles, Virginia Wade, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati.

The now 46-year-old Seles even won her first six Grand Slam finals between 1990 and 1992.

The last woman to add a US Open title to her record before her 23rd birthday was Serena Williams in 2002. The 38-year-old American is currently also the only woman to win at least three different Grand Slam winners in the final. defeat;

Osaka joins Williams when she beats Azarenka.

The final battle between the two-time Grand Slam winners starts on Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka and Azarenka have faced each other three times in the past;

Azarenka won the first showdown in 2016 and Osaka triumphed in the last two meetings in 2018 and 2019.

All statistics in the article are based on results made in the Open Era, since May 1968.

Last ten winners of the US Open

  • 2019 - Bianca Andreescu (Can)

  • 2018 - Naomi Osaka (Jap)

  • 2017 - Sloane Stephens (USA)

  • 2016 - Angelique Kerber (Ger)

  • 2015 - Flavia Pennetta (Ita)

  • 2014 - Serena Williams (US)

  • 2013 - Serena Williams (US)

  • 2012 - Serena Williams (US)

  • 2011 - Samantha Stosur (Aus)

  • 2010 - Kim Clijsters (Bel)

Naomi Osaka can capture her third Grand Slam title.

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