Osaka wins US Open to claim Japan's 1st Grand Slam title

Osaka wins US Open to claim Japan's 1st Grand Slam title

Osaka wins US Open to claim Japan's 1st Grand Slam title

A tearful Serena Williams has said she will continue to fight for women's rights after claiming she had no regrets about her ugly fight with umpire Carlos Ramos over cheating claims in the US Open women's final.

That was also decided quickly as Japan's Naomi Osaka dismissed last year's losing finalist American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4.

A string of bad behaviour followed from Williams (36) and she went on to incur a point penalty for smashing her racket before being slapped with a game penalty at 4-3 down after she launched into a verbal attack against Ramos, accusing him of being "a liar" and "a thief for stealing a point from me".

First, Williams was issued a warning from chair umpire Carlos Ramos for a coaching violation, which Williams swore was illegitimate. She later insisted that Ramos would "never, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live..." Because of her prior warning, she was then assessed a point penalty to Osaka. It all dates back to 2004, when an incorrect call during a quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati was cited as the main reason for the introduction of replay technology in tennis. "But then when I hugged her at the net ... anyway, when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again".

Williams told Ramos that she was not being coached, and she would never cheat. Even though her coach has admitted to coaching, Williams has made it clear that she did not receive any coaching. Both of the Williams women joined King earlier this year in calling for the gender pay gap to be eliminated in all jobs. I actually weigh less than I did before I got pregnant, but it's distributed differently now. I just feel like not only is my future bright, even though I'm not a spring chicken, but I still have a very, very bright future.

When questioned about how hard it was to play through the situation, both at the other end of the court and with an unhappy and vocal crowd, Osaka was clearly upset.

Williams reacted angrily, telling Ramos she doesn't cheat.

After the game, Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou said, "I was 100 percent of coaches 100 percent of the matches". "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've seen other men call other umpires several things".

Controversy aside, Osaka simply played the better tennis, preventing Williams from winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with Ausrtralian Margaret Court.

Neither Williams nor her vocal fans initially realised she had been given either the point or game penalty, and the boos and jeers on the second occasion were deafening. When are you going to give me my apology.

What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself. What the 20-year-old surely didn't envision was the crowd booing during the trophy presentation after the match was marred by an escalating series of controversial umpiring decisions.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the U.S. Open final when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a right knee injury.

Osaka, a self-proclaimed Serena fan and first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final, told reporters after her semi-final that she would focus on separating the legend from the player. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know".

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