US Open Tennis 2020 Women's Final: TV Schedule, Start Time and Live-Stream Info

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2020

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after defeating Jennifer Brady, of the United States, in a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka will each be trying to win her third Grand Slam title Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Open.

Osaka and Azarenka advanced to the women's singles final through hard-fought three-set victories over Jennifer Brady and Serena Williams, respectively.

The Japanese is one of two female players to take multiple major titles since the start of 2018. She won in New York two years ago and captured the 2019 Australian Open.

Azarenka, meanwhile, is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2013 U.S. Open. Saturday marks her third appearance in the U.S. Open final, but she has not come out on top yet in New York, with both of her major titles coming at the Australian Open.

               

US Open Women's Final Information

Date: Saturday, September 12

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Start Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN.com or ESPN app

       

Osaka has been at, or near, the top of the women's game since the start of 2018, a year that concluded with her first Grand Slam title.

The No. 4 seed has been tested on a handful of occasions, including Thursday night, when she needed three sets to battle past Brady.

Before the semifinals, Brady was the only woman in the U.S. Open field who had not dropped a set.

The second set has been Osaka's weakest in New York, as she has fallen in that part of the match on three occasions. However, she is perfect in all of the first and third sets that she has played.

Osaka owns a 2-1 head-to-head record over Azarenka, with the most-recent victory coming in the round of 64 at the 2019 French Open.

The two players were supposed to play each other in the final of the Western & Southern Open in August, but Osaka did not participate because of injury to focus on being 100 percent for the U.S. Open.

Azarenka comes into the final on an 11-match winning streak after capturing the Western & Southern Open title and defeating six foes at the USTA Bille Jean King National Tennis Center.

On her path to the championship game, the unseeded Belarusian knocked out a quartet of seeded players, starting with No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

Before she ousted Williams, Azarenka took out No. 20 Karolina Muchova and No. 16 Elise Mertens in the fourth round and quarterfinals, respectively.

If Azarenka upsets Osaka on Saturday, she would become the sixth different woman to win the U.S. Open since Williams' most recent triumph in New York in 2014. Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens, Bianca Andreescu and Osaka have earned titles in that span.

No matter which woman wins Saturday, one will become the third woman to record three or more major titles since 2010. Williams and Kerber are the only other players to achieve that feat.

               

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