New York – In a final that was filled with plenty of emotions, Naomi Osaka Defeated Serena Williams to Win US Open Title to become first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam. Her win inside Arthur Ashe Stadium denied Williams a 24th Grand Slam women’s singles title, which would have tied the pre Open Era record held by Margaret Court , for 45 years.
In the first set, Osaka played brilliantly, and Williams was left looking to figure out the power and pace game of the 20-year-old Osaka. As the match progressed, with Williams looking to get back in the match, a series of events never before seen in a major finals unfolded.
Multiple violations were handed to Williams from chair umpire Carlos Ramos, first for receiveing coaching. And that began an avalance of events that ultimately led to the six-time US Open Champions demise in the match.
Williams was given a code violation for coaching at 40-15 in the first game of the second set and a second code violation for smashing her racquet after double-faulting on consecutive points at 3-1 to get Osaka back on serve.
Williams told Ramos that she doesn’t cheat to win and claimed he was attacking her character. Williams called Ramos a “thief” and said he had stolen a point from her, referring to the fact that a second code violation is an automatic one-point penalty.
After a lengthy exchange with Ramos, which brought Tournament Referee Brian Earley out to the court, a finger-pointing and visibly upset Williams was given a third code violation for verbal abuse, this one costing her a game.
“It’s not right, it’s not fair,” Williams pleaded with Earley. “For you to attack my character, something is wrong.”
Osaka capped off her brilliant two weeks at Flushng Meadows Park with the ultimate prize. “The thing is, I don’t know what happened on the court,” Osaka said. “So for me, I’m always going to remember the Serena that I love. It doesn’t change anything for me. She was really nice to me, at the net and on the podium. I don’t really see what would change.”
For Williams, her incredible comeback just 8 months after giving birth should not be marred by the on-court incident. After all, she is the owner of 23-time Grand Slams, the most of all time, and will have an opportunity to increase her Grand Slam total in 2019, beginning at the Australian Open.