Osaka Claims US Open Title After Serena Meltdown

Osaka Claims US Open Title After Serena Meltdown

Osaka Claims US Open Title After Serena Meltdown

Naomi Osaka won her first career Grand Slam, beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the 2018 U.S. Open final on Saturday in New York City.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it. More voices are needed to do the same", she added.

"Osaka wins women's US Open, becomes first Japanese to win Grand Slam", blared the broadcaster's top headline. Serena laughed about her daughter's shoes as she filmed the moment, asking Olympia where she'd gotten "them shoes".

Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams's second set outburst, the American enraged by umpire Carlos Ramos's warning for receiving coaching from her box. Williams had consecutive double faults later in the set and smashed her racquet on the court. "I've seen other men call other umpires several things".

While some players and fans blamed Carlos Ramos for taking centre-stage. "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals ..." She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. "I know you guys were here rooting, but let's make this the best moment we can".

"He (Ramos) alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", said Williams.

"The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves and they want to be a strong woman".

As a tense audience celebrated and jeered at Osaka's win, both women were wiping away their tears when Williams whispered something to Osaka and then embraced her.

Although Williams' feud with Ramos appeared to overshadow Osaka's historic 6-2 6-4 victory, the two women shared an emotional moment together when Williams hugged Osaka, who considers Williams - the victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles - her childhood idol. "We don't have any code, and I know that you don't know that and I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not".

"How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? 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.

The second violation also cost her a point in the match, sparking her renewed verbal attack on Ramos, a code violation which carried a $10,000 fine.

Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in.

USTA president Katrina Adams issued a statement after the match, making a point of noting Williams' "class and sportsmanship" and calling her "an inspiration to me, personally, and a credit to our sport, win or lose".

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