I really wanna play Serena - Osaka driven by Williams reward

I really wanna play Serena - Osaka driven by Williams reward

After she handed Williams a controversial 6-2, 6-4 beating Saturday to win the U.S. Open, her first-ever Grand Slam, and hugged the icon at the net, Osaka melted back into a little kid.

As the match progressed, Williams continuing stewing.

After this latest screaming at the chair incident, Williams lost serve, erupting by slamming her racquet on the ground.

"Osaka played so well that Serena wasn't able to play her tennis and she (Williams) got upset", said Mitsuko Sakai, 63-year-old amateur tennis player who woke up at 5 a.m. on Sunday in Tokyo to watch the final.

"Thank you to the crowd, you really are the best in the world".

Yet the final result of the match will be overshadowed by Williams' behaviour, after she urged referee Ramos to apologise to her as she came close to being disqualified from the tournament.

Osaka, who has called Williams her idol, tearfully said upon winning that she knew the crowd was cheering for Williams and she was "sorry it had to end like this".

Williams, who also was in tears during and after the match, tried to ensure the moment was not ruined for Osaka, a player who idolized her when she was growing up.

Williams was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racket abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" and insisting "you owe me an apology".




Osaka spent the formative years of her childhood living in NY and first came to Flushing Meadows as a fan hoping to catch a glimpse of Williams. I haven't cheated in my life. There was no thumbs-up sign. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it.

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. In frustration, she smashed her racket, drawing a code violation for racket abuse-a point penalty after the earlier warning for coaching. "Her coach (Sascha Bajin) was coaching the whole time, too".

(AAP)Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open women's final.

In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of weird events her victory will only be a footnote to what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows. Osaka took advantage of that and won the second set, securing the victory in the U.S. Open Final.

MARTIN: I do want to hear about Osaka in a minute, but I do have to ask you about that question. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me".

Normally chair umpires are introduced and receive a gift, but Ramos wasn't brought out.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said she would continue to fight for gender equality in the sport and addressed the first-round penalty given to Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on the court.

The 36-year-old is back in the final in NY for the first time in four years and one step away, as she was at Wimbledon, from equalling Margaret Court's all-time record for slam singles titles.

The 32-year-old Murray, brother of former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Andy Murray, played with Mattek-Sands for the first time in the tournament.

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