Azarenka ‘not disappointed’ by defeat to Osaka

Victoria Azarenka is taking the positives from her defeat to Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open.

September 13, 2020

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka said she had no regrets after letting slip a set and 2-0 lead before losing to Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open on Saturday.

“I’m not necessarily disappointed,” she said. “It’s just painful. It’s painful to lose. That is what it is. It was close. I was close. But it didn’t go my way. Am I going to think about it too long? Not at all. I said it. I win or I lose, I’m not going to change. I’m not going to sit here and be miserable. This was an experience that was just an experience that didn’t go my way.

“I had a great two weeks. I enjoyed myself. I did everything I could today. Could I have played better? I think I could. But I left everything I could on the court today. She won the match. All the credit to Naomi. She’s a champion. I thought third time is a charm (she lost in the US Open final in 2012 and 2013), but I got to try again. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Here are the best quotes from her press conference in video.

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