Osaka makes history amid extraordinary Serena umpire row

09 September, 2018, 07:16 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Serena Williams hits a return to Anastasija Sevastova during their women's singles semifinal

Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

It was quite a moment for Osaka, earning the first major of her career at just 20 years old, and defeating her idol, Williams, to do it.

Despite Williams being the talking point of the match due to her fiery blow-up with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she showed her class by turning the spotlight back onto her young opponent. Because of her prior warning, she was then assessed a point penalty to Osaka. I'm just a tennis player playing another tennis player.

"I was on the far other end, so I'm not sure".

Out on court, an unsettled Williams protested her innocence, telling Ramos: "I don't cheat to win".

"But I was, like 100 per cent of the coaches in 100 per cent of the matches so we have to stop this hypocritical thing".

"The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm", said the conservative-leaning Yomiuri, another major daily. "I got a little emotional out there because previous year I was literally fighting for my life in the hospital".

Never before had a Japanese player won a Grand Slam singles title, with Kei Nishikori coming the closest by reaching the US Open final four years ago.

Patrick Mouratoglou admitted to coaching Serena Williams during the US Open final, but believes the American great never received his message. "I just want to say thank you for watching the match", said Osaka.

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Williams was then handed a point penalty in the sixth game after breaking a racquet, which was her second code violation.

In the press conference later she was still fuming. He's never (taken) a game from a man because they said, 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind.

Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another odd twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times".

Osaka insisted she had not been aware of all the drama, saying: "I didn't really hear anything because I had my back turned, so I didn't really know there was anything going on at the moment".

Naomi Osaka's first grand slam title resulted in her being emotional and crying when handed the trophy.

This was two of the candidates to take over the mantle from Williams when she does finally hang up her racket slugging it out on the biggest stage in the sport.

Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women's final. I'm curious, in both matches you've played well. Naomi Osaka would go on to with the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

"This is gonna sound really bad, but I was just thinking I really wanna play Serena, said Osaka, who has frequently spoken of her respect for Williams". I don't even (normally) call for on-court coaching.

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.

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