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The Latest: Osaka, Azarenka set for US Open women's final

By The Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

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3:30 p.m.

Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka were supposed to play two weeks ago in Flushing Meadows.

Same stadium, much bigger stage Saturday.

Osaka and Azarenka will meet in the U.S. Open women's final, with the winner earning her third Grand Slam singles title.

Osaka, the No. 4 seed from Japan, won her first major title two years ago at the U.S. Open. She went on to win another in 2019 at the Australian Open, a title Azarenka won twice.

They arrived at a chance to win another with three-set victories in the semifinals, where Osaka outlasted Jennifer Brady and the unseeded Azarenka rallied past Serena Williams.

They are both unbeaten during this lengthy stay in New York, where the Western & Southern Open was played preceding the U.S. Open. Azarenka won that tournament, normally held in Ohio but moved because of the coronavirus pandemic, when Osaka had to pull out of the final with a hamstring injury.

The players will be greeted by sunny skies and a breeze after having to play their semifinal matches Thursday with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed because of heavy rain.

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