Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open.

It’s women’s final day at Flushing Meadows, with Naomi Osaka due to battle Victoria Azarenka at around 9pm BST.

Osaka is looking to claim her second US Open singles title and a third major overall after seeing off Jennifer Brady in an entertaining last-four tussle.

Meanwhile, resurgent former world no1 Azarenka is appearing in her first Grand Slam final since 2013 after defeating Serena Williams.


Follow all tonight’s action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog…

Live Updates



Osaka set for huge ranking jump 

Regardless of the result tonight, Naomi Osaka is set to be propelled into the top five ranked female players in the world. 

Osaka – now ranked at number nine – will receive 1060 points should she lose, which would send her fouth, 

If she wins, however, she’ll add 1760 points to her tally of 4020 ranking points, which would move her up to third. 

Osaka was in the top five at the start of 2020, but dropped to 10th after failing to defend her Australian Open title. 


Osaka vs Azarenka: The final

We now turn our attention firmly to tonight’s main event: the Women’s US Open final contested by Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka. 

Both two-time Grand Slam champions but at the other ends of their respective careers, it’s set to be an enthralling match-up. 

Osaka, seeded no.4, comes in as the favourite, having won two majors in as many years, including at the US Open in 2018. 

Azarenka, however, has shocked the world in getting to the final, her first since 2013, after taking a hiatus from the game while she was pregnant with her first child.


Hewett and Reid triumph

Photo: Getty Images

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid are US Open champions for the fourth time in a row!

The British duo have beaten French pair Stephan Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4 6-1 in the men’s wheelchair doubles final at Flushing Meadows.


Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open!

Stay tuned for tonight’s live coverage of the eagerly anticipated women’s singles final between Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka…

ORDER OF PLAY


Order of Play | Saturday, September 12

Women’s singles final

(not before 9pm BST)

(4) Naomi Osaka vs Victoria Azarenka


On facing Zverev…

“It’s all or nothing, it’s going to be an open match and the last one we had was amazing in Australia. Two tiebreaks for me, super close. I guess the main thing is to return because his first serve is out of this world. I just need to get this back in play. As I said, it’s a great friendship, great rivalry and looking forward to playing that first Major final against him. If I win I have my first [Slam] and if not, I have to call Andy [Murray] to see what 4-0 is like!”


Thiem on the injury…

“It was at 3-2 in the second-set tiebreak that I slide for the dropshot and the heel started to hurt, I took a wrong step or something. I changed the shoe and it had a different in-sole, which made the difference. I’m pain-free now but I hope it’s not the adrenaline and that the foot feels good tomorrow. I don’t understand how I could slip on a hard court, it was a super important point and I got frustrated, but all good now!” 


Thiem on his experience…

“I lost these big matches in a big stadium and in front of many, many TV spectators. That’s what I do the hard work for in the off-season to face these top guys. It’s going to be another one in the final with Sascha. I’m really looking forward to that, we have such a great friendship and rivalry as well. It’s really, really amazing that we face off each other in the Slam final.”


Thiem speaks on court…

“It was anything but that [routine]. First set, I got a bit lucky with this strange situation… I still don’t know if the ball was out or in on his serve. After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us and could have easily been two sets down. He served for the set in two and three, but I played my best tennis. Tiebreaks are really mentally a tough thing and I don’t like them at all to be honest because you play at 5-1, it looks comfortable and then two amazing points he’s close again. I think it was a really amazing semi-final.”

GAME, SET, MATCH


DOMINIC THIEM IS INTO THE FINAL!

The no.2 seed beats Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 7-6!

After three hours of uncertainty and fightbacks, Medvedev’s challenge for a first Slam is over but not without a fight.

But Thiem had that composure in the key moments and Medvedev didn’t. He twice failed to serve out the set at 5-3 – and that is likely to be on his mind as he heads home from New York.

Thiem will be brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday’s final against Alexander Zverev, and with a fourth Grand Slam final, he’s surely the favourite.
 

Photo: AP


Tiebreak | Medvedev 4-5 Thiem

Well, he’s still alive as Thiem goes for a tricky cross-court but swings it wide.

Medvedev tries the serve and volley and just about makes it! Thiem’s return off the next serve is less than convincing.

But he’s got two serves to wrap this match up now.


Tiebreak | Medvedev 1-5 Thiem

A double fault for Medvedev and now he’s really up against it. 

He finally gets a point on the board with a smashing ‘T’ serve, but Thiem can move further into the distance now. The Russian challenges the wide serve, but it’s comfortably in.


Tiebreak | Medvedev 0-3 Thiem

Awful start for Medvedev as he hands the mini-break on a plate to Thiem.

The Austrian turns up the heat with two ferocious serves to take a healthy 3-0 lead.


TIEBREAK! Medvedev 2-6 6-7 6-6 Thiem

Well, here we are again!

A big credit to Thiem that he’s managed to save himself from 5-3 down to force this tiebreak. Will he wrap up the victory?


Medvedev 2-6 6-7 6-5 Thiem

Medvedev is keeping a cool head after stopping the rot with a love hold. A big contrast to his aggravated demeanour in the first set.

He’ll be in the tiebreak at the very least now. Will Thiem hold his nerve?


Medvedev 2-6 6-7 5-5 Thiem

The resilience from Thiem to come back from 3-0 and 5-2 here has been just phenomenal. 

Thiem puts away a serve-and-volley, before powering a 123mph serve down the ‘T’.

We are officially back on serve after a topsy-turvy set and could well be heading for another tiebreak

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Medvedev 2-6 6-7 5-4 Thiem

Thiem is put so far off the court but still makes the dropshot from Medvedev and almost not expecting the reply, he angles the forehand wide.

But all of a sudden, Thiem is increasing his confidence and intensity with a fine forehand into the corner. 

The Austrian has a great chance to take back the break after a failed challenge and after a huge 30-shot rally, slams home the winner on the approach. 

Amazingly, for the second set in a row, Medvedev has failed to serve out the set.  


Medvedev 2-6 6-7 5-3 Thiem

Not too much physical exertion from Medvedev and he’s keen to get on with this, as Thiem adds another comfortable hold.

The 27-year-old pulled out an 135mph serve to end with there. Huge serve!


Medvedev 2-6 6-7 5-2 Thiem
 

A really strong love hold from Medvedev, who has Thiem’s number now by finding the depth of the corner with his topspin forehands.

Thiem is serving to stay in the set now. But he was at this point in the second set, mind.


Medvedev 2-6 6-7 4-2 Thiem

A tame start to the service from Thiem with a slice clipping the net cord, but he increases the urgency in the point to force Medvedev into an error at 15-15.

There’s nothing too wrong with the serve right now, launching an ace down the ‘T’. But he’s facing a break point and it’s Medvedev’s chance to sail off into the distance now.

Thiem’s power proves too much for the no.3 seed to level it at deuce and he rips a forehand winner down the line. Lovely shot! 

He secures an important hold after Medvedev finds the net and he’s still in with a shout in this third set.

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Live stream details and how to watch on TV

Tennis fans in the UK will be able to watch the entirely US Open tournament on Amazon Prime Video Sport.

Prime customers in UK and Ireland can watch matches on Prime Video for no additional fees. Those without a subscription can start a 30-day free trial of Prime, which costs £7.99/month after the trial ends or £79/year. Alternatively, you can watch with a Prime Video subscription for £5.99 per month.

For more information, visit the Amazon Prime website.

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