For the six-time champion, Saturday’s final was her second consecutive Grand Slam final, and her ninth US Open final. But this game has sparked uproar and controversy following a landmark victory for the 20-year-old Japanese-Haitian Naomi Osaka over Serena Williams in a dramatic match. The US tennis star penalized for a string of bad behavior.
Naomi Osaka, who spoiled an all-American final by beating Madison Keys in the second semi-final, claimed her first Grand Slam title beating her childhood idol in 1 hour and 19 mins (6-2, 6-4) in Flushing Meadows, New York.
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Osaka, who started as the clear underdog said tearfully at the trophy presentation. “It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open final, so I’m really glad I was able to do that.”
Williams, has been very outspoken about the difficulties of balancing parenthood and the life of a professional. On Saturday seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, she clashed with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos. She was given a warning for receiving not permissible coaching.
A few games later the 36-year-old Olympic champion received a second warning and a point penalty for breaking her racket.
“You owe me an apology,” Williams said, arguing about the coaching violation. “I have never cheated in my life!”
Later she docked a game at 4-3 for calling Ramos “thief”, for allowing Osaka to serve for the match and seal the historic victory.
Osaka becomes the first Japanese player ever to win a major tennis title.
As for Serena Williams, even before Saturday’s final, there was a little doubt that she will be remembered as the best among the greatest.
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