US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka wins maiden grand slam, applauded by peers

Deanna Kelley
September 9, 2018

This wasn't the first outburst Serena's had at the U.S. Open.

Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title Saturday, also becoming the first Japanese woman ever to win a Grand Slam final.

An angry Williams - who confused Asderaki with the umpire who was in the chair for the 2009 Clijsters match - verbally attacked her during the changeover.

The umpire called the exchange "verbal abuse", and Williams was issued a third penalty, allowing Osaka to beat her, 6-2, 6-4.

Serena Williams erupted on the court during the U.S. Open final. but it didn't help her win.

The new mom was given her first violation for gestures made by her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

"I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose".

A tearful Osaka told the crowd: "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this".

Still visibly upset about the previous two violations, Williams wasn't done chastising Ramos.

"You are the liar", she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set.

Williams continued arguing with tournament officials, fighting back tears, when they came onto the court to hear her pleas for fair treatment.

Shy and slightly awkward off court, albeit with a natural comic touch, the 20-year-old showed steeliness and composure to defeat Madison Keys in her first slam semi-final, saving all 13 break points she faced.

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Losing that momentary lead in a game where she double-faulted twice was too much for Williams to handle and she took it out on her racket, which she smashed into the ground.

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

"I love you, Serena", she added before adding "I love you, mom; I love everybody".

Williams insisted her treatment was unfair, saying: "There's a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things, but because they are men, that doesn't happen to them".

Osaka would win on her next service and take home the title.

"I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match", she said.

Williams said women players are treated differently to their male counterparts in the sport.

Hughes will chair Sunday's match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

Osaka advanced to the final of the U.S. Open on Saturday, and in doing so generated quite a bit of attention for herself. The U.S. Open final will be a bigger challenge, with Williams back to full health and playing in an event that she's already won six times before. Will this match be remembered for Osaka's victory, or will it forever be overshadowed by Williams' actions?

"Naomi is a deserving champion and Serena at all times plays with class and makes us proud".

The emotional Williams received applause from many in the room, and she didn't take further questions.

Now, 19 years later, she will try to become the first Japanese woman to win a grand slam singles title.

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