Japanese starlet Naomi Osama defeated veteran Serena Williams in straight sets to win the U.S Open on Saturday in a grand slam final that will be remembered for Williams abusing the chair umpire and getting penalised for that. But take nothing away from Osaka, who won her first Grand Slam and became the first Japanese (man or woman) to clinch the coveted title and a massive $3.8 million in prize money.
William, who was looking to bag her 24th Grand Slam singles lost after Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos gave multiple penalties to her.
Earlier in the game, umpire Ramos warned William’s Coach Patrick Mouratoglou for using hand gestures to coach the world no. 26.
"If he gives me a thumbs up, he's telling me to come on. We don't have any code and I know you don't know that, and I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not. I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose," Serena Williams told umpire Ramos after a warning was handed out to her coach.
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Later, she was penalised a point for breaking her racquet and then a game penalty for calling the umpire a “thief.”
Williams confronted Chair Umpire Ramos after she was penalised for breaking her racquet and demanded an apology.
Your 2018 #USOpen champion...@Naomi_Osaka_ 🏆🗽 pic.twitter.com/yAPFaezBpz— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018
"You owe me an apology, I have never cheated in my life," Williams yelled. "I have a daughter and I stand by what's right for her and I have never cheated. You owe me an apology. You will never do another one of my games."
You cannot continue to degrade a person and expect them not to finally pounce back. @serenawilliams has consistently displayed perseverance and grace but she is not to be made a fool of. “Let this be a remind to all... I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose.” #usopen pic.twitter.com/5Vwlebh7yx— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) September 8, 2018
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However, Naomi Osaka did well to keep her concentration levels high as she triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the game to bag her first Grand Slam singles title.
Both Williams and Osaka met at the net with the former congratulated the Japanese for her first major victory.
“I know that everybody was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match,” said an emotional 20-year-old Osaka after her first Grand Slam victory.
2 weeks of flawless tennis.2 weeks of steadfastness.2 weeks of composure.Congratulations to our 2018 champion @Naomi_Osaka_!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/0Z9y1ZbMrv— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018