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Victoria Azarenka hails Naomi Osaka after US Open defeat: ‘I hope we can meet in more finals’


Victoria Azarenka says she wants to face Naomi Osaka in more finals after she lost out to the Japanese star at the US Open.

Azarenka was back in her first US Open final for seven years, and she appeared to be firmly in control of the match when she was a set and a break up.

However, Osaka was too powerful to be dominated, and she roared back playing some brilliant tennis to seal a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win.

“I thought the third time was the charm but I guess I’m going to have to try again,” an emotional Azarenka said during the trophy ceremony.

“Congratulations to Naomi. I hope we can meet in some more finals again.”

“I want to thank all the people who came at such difficult times and made this tournament happen.

“I want to thank my team for believing in me. It’s been a long road coming here.”

Osaka became the first women to lose the first set in the US Open final yet still win it since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1994.

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