February 25, 2024

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SBD Preview: Osaka vs. Azarenka in “Cincy” women’s final

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Azarenka at the 2016 Australian Open, where she first met Naomi Osaka on court. Life has taken a few twists for both since then. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)

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When the top three seeds in the “Cincy” event – No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, No. 2 Sofia Kenin and No. 3 Serena Williams – went out early, it was anybody’s game.

That No. 4 Naomi Osaka is there isn’t so much of a surprise.

That Victoria Azarenka, who hadn’t won a match in nearly a year before coming into the US Open bubble, is also left standing on the last day is a great story.

They meet in the final Saturday, in Louis Armstrong at 11 a.m.

Here’s our preview for SBD:

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