Osaka apologises for defeating favourite Serena at US Open

Marcus Newton
September 9, 2018

Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women's final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title.

The way Williams lost, of course, was what stood out most in the match.

Williams was initially rattled in the first set by the quality of play from Osaka, who seemed to have no problem dealing with her opponent's power and had the sharper movement and serve.

Williams could face further sanctions for her actions on Saturday against Osaka, the WTA issuing a statement that they will be looking into the incident.

A kid who just earned her first Grand Slam trophy and a winner's check for $3.8 million, and sure looked to have stamped herself as part of the sport's future.

"I don't watch tennis, but I have been this week, and will be watching Naomi from now on, " she said. Williams quickly tried to squash that ridiculous notion, but the ump continued to make accusations, and now we have plenty of entertaining audio from it all. It's inspiring, actually. I don't think a lot of people really know how bad it was. Naomi Osaka would go on to with the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Osaka apologized to the crowd. "I know that she was frustrated about the way the match played out, but the way she stepped up after the final and gave full credit to Naomi for a match well-played speaks volumes about who she is".

"I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose". There was no thumbs-up sign.

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"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". He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it.

Williams blinked first, double-faulting on break point to give Osaka a 2-1 lead. In frustration, she smashed her racket, drawing a code violation for racket abuse-a point penalty after the earlier warning for coaching.

She later got a point penalty Saturday for cracking her racket on the court. "And her words after the match deserve a big warm applause under the unexpected circumstances".

Mouratoglou admitted to ESPN that he was sending Williams a signal, but claimed every coach does it. "But I felt like I really had to focus during this match because she's such a great champion, and I know that she can come back from any point".

"I have never cheated in my life!" "I don't understand. I mean, maybe he said, 'You can do it'".

"I don't cheat to win". The umpire instantly awarded a game to Osaka citing a "verbal abuse call" against Williams.

Just seven months and seven tournaments after returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Serena was back at her ruthless best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th seeded Latvian and reach her 31st Grand Slam final.

The ice-cool Naomi Osaka triumphed 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows to become Japan's first grand slam singles champion, yet that huge achievement was overshadowed by sensational scenes of anger on the other side of the net. The results have been impressive and the 23-time grand slam singles champion barely broke sweat in dismissing Anastasija Sevastova in her semi-final.

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