Us Open – It was a heart breaking experience for one the best female Tennis player ever to play in the game of Tennis sport.
Serena lost to the Japanese newly crown Tennis star to someone who look up to her as her hero.
Report from CNN – Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title Saturday, beating Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final that saw the American docked a game after calling the umpire a “thief.”
Osaka prevailed against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in New York to deny Williams a record 24th major — and first as a mom — and become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The 20-year-old indeed made history for Japan but the final will be remembered as much — if not more — for Williams clashing with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Ramos first gave Williams, 36, a code violation warning for coaching in the second game of the second set — he ruled that coach Patrick Mouratoglou gave her hand signals from the stands. Williams duly approached the net and told Ramos: “I don’t cheat. I’d rather lose. Every time I play here I have problems.”
Williams may have been referring to the US Open in 2009, when she received a point penalty against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals — deemed to have verbally abused a linesperson — and was called for hindrance for yelling during a point in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.
Williams earned a point penalty Saturday for cracking her racket when broken for 3-2 in the second and subsequently was docked a game, to trail 5-3, for what Ramos deemed to be verbal abuse towards him. “You stole a point from me and you are a thief,” Williams said during a changeover at 3-4, to prompt the ruling.
Williams also pleaded her case to tournament referee Brian Earley and supervisor Donna Kelso, having demanded the presence of the officials on court.
“There are men out here that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman, you’re going to take this away from me?” Williams said. “That is not right.”
Osaka sealed her first major with a thumping serve out wide. Moments later, boos rained down in tennis’ biggest stadium — it was even louder with the roof closed due to the threat of rain — as the trophy presentation was about to start.
Normally chair umpires are introduced and receive a gift, but Ramos wasn’t brought out.
Williams urged the crowd to calm down as Osaka wept, seemingly overwhelmed by the crowd’s reaction and all the controversy.
“Let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due and let’s not boo anymore,” Williams told the crowd. “We’re going to get through this and let’s be positive. So congratulations, Naomi. No more booing.”
Osaka, who grew up in New York, was up next in what was a difficult spot for a less experienced player: “I know that everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” she said.
While Williams lost her second consecutive Grand Slam final — having been defeated by Germany’s Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon when first seeking to tie Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time lead in majors — Osaka blossomed during the fortnight.
Never before had a Japanese player won a Grand Slam singles title, with Kei Nishikori coming the closest by reaching the US Open final four years ago. Osaka also beat Williams in March in Miami, shortly after Williams returned from a 14-month layoff after giving birth to daughter Olympia.
Osaka chose to represent Japan though she could have played for Haiti — her dad is Haitian — or the United States.
Osaka now lives in Florida, a hotbed for tennis players thanks to the weather and a plethora of tennis academies.
Osaka is 16 years younger than Williams, marking the second biggest age gap in a major final after a 17-year-old Monica Seles faced the 34-year-old Martina Navratilova at the 1991 US Open.
On that day, too, the younger player prevailed.
Osaka has power in abundance but is also one of the best movers in the game. She has showed incredible composure as well, saving five of six break points Saturday after saving all 13 in the semifinals against Madison Keys.
The fans gasped when Osaka crunched a forehand passing shot winner at 4-1 and outnumbered Williams in the “come on” stakes. A pulsating 19-shot rally went Osaka’s way when she thumped a forehand down the line early in the second.
Williams’ normally lethal serve misfired, hitting a double fault in each service game of the first set. Williams struck back-to-back double faults when immediately broken back for 3-2 in the second, paving the way for the racket smash.
Broadway, a stone’s throw away, couldn’t match the drama that was to unfold the rest of the way.