And then the 22-year-old star rallied … big time.
Osaka stormed back to win the second and third sets to claim her third Grand Slam singles title with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.
From her performance to her advocacy — Osaka wore a mask with the name of a different Black person who was a victim of racial injustice and police brutality to each of her seven US Open matches — the sports world saluted the phenom.
GREAT COMEBACK!! Congrats @naomiosaka! 🙏🏾✊🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 12, 2020
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) September 12, 2020
Naomi Osaka for the win!!!! ✨🏆
used her platform beautifully AND won it all… LOVE TO SEE IT!@naomiosaka
— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) September 12, 2020
A tremendous Final by both players, with incredible effort by @vika7.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 12, 2020
— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) September 12, 2020
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) September 12, 2020
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) September 12, 2020
🎾 💪🏽 Yasssss Take a Moment!
You did it!
🏆 🏆🏆🏆@NaomiOsaka wins #UsOpen2020
(Shoutout to @vichka35 for bringing the inner mama & fighting the good fight with all your ❤️) https://t.co/h4m53cryda
— nicoleariparker (@nicolearip) September 12, 2020
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) September 12, 2020
Oh yes @naomiosaka. Asked what message she wanted to send with the masks she wore bearing the names of Black ppl killed by police responds: “Well, what message did YOU get?” #USOpen pic.twitter.com/1aaYc5SEoi
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) September 12, 2020
— Shaun T (@ShaunT) September 12, 2020
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) September 12, 2020
Congratulations @naomiosaka What a performance from a set down in the finals. Thank you for your voice and impressive tennis.
— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 12, 2020
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 12, 2020
— Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) September 12, 2020