Welp! Is anybody surprised that rising superstar and social activist Naomi Osaka has bagged another US Open title to add to her trophy case?
However, Osaka, had to do it via a comeback against top seeded Victoria Azarenka with a score of 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final. If you’re keeping score, so to speak, it’s her second win in Flushing Meadows and third Grand Slam win.
With the weight of victims of police brutality purposefully on her shoulders, Osaka avenged a walkover loss against Azarenka in the final of last month’s Western & Southern Open, as Yahoo News put it, on the same site as the US Open this year to minimize travel — after having to withdraw with a hamstring injury.
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Naomi Osaka brought seven face masks to the US Open.
Each mask highlights a different Black victim of racial injustice and police brutality.
– Breonna Taylor
– Elijah McClain
– Ahmaud Arbery
– Trayvon Martin
– George Floyd
– Philando Castile
Today: Tamir Rice
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) September 12, 2020
Here’s more via Yahoo News:
Over the course of her US Open run, Osaka strategically used her masks to highlight victims of police brutality. She started with Breonna Taylor and was soon making headlines.
On Saturday, it was Tamir Rice’s name on the mask.
After securing the championship, Osaka was asked by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi what message she wanted to send with the masks.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2020
Osaka pointedly responded with her own question.
“Well, what was the message that you got? That’s more the question,” Osaka said. “I feel like the point is to make people start talking.”
Rinaldi (wisely) did not answer her question, and instead asked how gratified she felt about the awareness she raised. Parents of both Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery have thanked Osaka in a video for sending the message.
“I feel like I’m a vessel, at this point, in order to spread awareness. It’s not going to dull the pain, but hopefully I can help with anything that the need.” Osaka said on Tuesday after seeing the parents’ video.