Williams penalized; Osaka wins US Open

Emmett Rice
September 9, 2018

Her temper flared when Ramos issued a warning about a potential coaching violation. "I don't really see what would change", said Osaka, who has long looked up to Williams. He refused and she called him a thief for stealing a point from her in a championship match.

'I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me, ' she said.

"I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams was heard telling Ramos.

Now Osaka has the chance to claim a first major title after reaching her maiden slam final by defeating 14th seed Keys 6-2 6-4 in NY.

But that's not what this match will be remembered for.

As the pro-Williams crowed booed the trophy ceremony announcer, Osaka was tearing up herself, but Williams urged the spectators to show the young champion respect. "You took a point from me.' That's exactly what Serena did", USA Today columnist and ABC News commentator Christine Brennan told WTOP.

"I was on the far other end, so I'm not sure".

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals..." We'll get through it. Let's not boo anymore...

Williams stood her ground after the match and didn't hold back then, either. 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.

While serving at 3-3 Williams argued with the umpire who had ruled multiple times she was receiving coaching from her box. Their age difference was the second-widest gap between womens finalists at a Slam in the professional era.

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And that triggered Osaka, who then broke Keys in the very next game for a 3-2 lead before fending off another pair of break points to consolidate at 4-2.

Asked at her press conference why she felt the need to apologise, Osaka became emotional again before saying: "I know that she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam".

It was a moment that turned the match and a controversy that put something of a dampener on Osaka's win as boos rained down on the court from the partisan Flushing Meadows crowd.

Indeed, that was what might have been most impressive. Honestly, there's a lot I can learn from her from this match. "Odd to do that in a Grand Slam final", Mouratoglou said. He assessed what's called a coaching warning, which carries a point penalty.

"The thing is, like, I don't know what happened on the court".

Naomi Osaka hugs Serena Williams after winning the women's singles final.

Just before the U.S. Open, the French tennis federation president said that the black catsuit worn this year by Williams at the French Open would not be allowed at that tournament in the future.

She beat Williams in their first meeting, at the Miami Open earlier this year, and she proved it wasn't a fluke this time around.

MARTIN: I know, right? "I hope to learn a lot from that".

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