Osaka wins US Open title after Serena meltdown

Osaka wins US Open title after Serena meltdown

Osaka wins US Open title after Serena meltdown

Neither Williams nor her vocal fans initially realised she had been given either the point or game penalty, and the boos and jeers on the second occasion were deafening. What the 20-year-old surely didn't envision was the crowd booing during the trophy presentation after the match was marred by an escalating series of controversial umpiring decisions.

"You definitely can't go back in time", Williams said when asked if she would change anything about the match. Let's make this the best moment we can and get through it and give credit where credit is due. Tom, thank you for joining us. She was really nice to me, like, at the net and on the podium.

Osaka apologized to the crowd.

Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another unusual twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism.

Naomi Osaka: Whenever I play tennis I feel like it's something I'm really good at and something that I know - not that it's a talent, but that I've worked at it for so long - [so] I want people to watch.

Ramos gave Williams several code penalities: The first one was a warning for a coaching violation, the second warning was when she broke her racket, which gave a point to Osaka.

It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied. She remarked, "I would never cheat to win, I'd rather lose". There was no thumbs-up sign. I don't even do that. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it.

Both were inspired by the Williams sisters and both are known for the same power game.

Briefly, Williams appeared to be working her way back into the match, breaking Osaka for the only time to go up 3-1 in the second set.

"At the changeover, at 4-3, Williams was assessed a third code violation for verbal abuse in the judgment of the umpire, which then required a game penalty".


When it comes to reflecting, though, she will remember that she had a brilliant run through the tournament, dropping only one set (to Aryna Sabalenka).

But not for Osaka, who claimed to not even hear the interactions between Williams and Ramos.

Osaka's moment of making history came on the day of freaky events which may reduce her victory to be a footnote in what what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows.

"It still feels really weird because I've never beaten Madison before", Osaka said. "I was very impressed by her mental strength".

Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to win US Open 2018. Like the kid grows up with you and you're looking at the kid and you're like, "Wow I'm proud of you".

Serena, instead, alleged the chair umpire for double standards and said that she was a victim of sexism. Ramos interpreted the remark as verbal abuse, and awarded a game to Osaka, putting the eventual victor one game away from victory.

The controversy comes as Williams was trying to win her 24th Grand Slam title to tie the record.

Osaka - who moved from Japan to NY at the age of 3 - became Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion.

"She's such a great champion so I know she can come back from any point", said Osaka, who will be the star draw at the Prudential Hong Kong Open next month.

Osaka wept when she won, climbing a ladder to get to her team and her family, and clung to her mother, who dissolved in tears as soon as she saw her.

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