By Mike Dickson for MailOnline
Published: 23:11 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 00:52 BST, 13 September 2020
First Naomi Osaka became a champion for social justice and then last night she became, once again, the champion of the US Open.
Her campaigning for victims of police violence seems, if anything, to have boosted her tennis and she staged a storming comeback to defeat fellow former world number one Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
An activist with distinctly capitalist leanings, she now adds the $3 million purse to her lucrative portfolio of corporate endorsements that come from being Asia's only three-time Major winner.
Naomi Osaka staged a storming comeback to beat fellow former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka
The 23 year-old, Japanese-born and American-bred, gradually broke down her opponent's forehand and brought her power to the fore as the match wore on. At what was dubbed the Mother of all Grand Slams, she denied the last remaining parent the title.
'I didn't really enjoy that, it was a really tough match,' said Osaka, who had a powerful motivation for turning the match round. 'I thought it would be really embarrassing to lose in under an hour so I thought I had to stop having a bad attitude.'
Six of the top ten not travelling to New York was a bad start for the women's event, but this was a great finish.
Osaka walked out on court wearing the last of her seven masks bearing the names of Americans who have died at the hands of the police. This one was a memorial to Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old from Cleveland.
Azarenka won eight of the