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Q&A with 2018 US Open women's champion Naomi Osaka

10 Septembre 2018

Things escalated as Ramos continued docking Williams, who then called the judge a "thief".

"It doesn't really feel that real right now". "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", said Osaka. I think beating her and then doing well in Indian Wells for sure boosted my confidence.

Williams, who was aiming to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, refused to shake hands with umpire Ramos after the match.

Carlos Ramos' decision-making, which saw Williams docked a point and then a game over a row sparked by a warning for coaching, has been met with support and criticism. The 23-time grand slam champion vehemently argued the call, with some of her protests audible on the ESPN broadcast. "All professional athletes have moments where we feel hard done by, u keep your head down & try to fight it out".

It was Osaka who kept Serena off-balance with serves that curled into the body, slid out wide, and curved away from her down the T.

From the ridiculous preamble provided by French Open officials deciding to ban Williams's black catsuit from next year's tournament (it's apparently not respectful attire for tennis), to the penalty-laden final that left both the vanquished Williams and victorious Naomi Osaka fighting back tears, this was yet another Williams experience we won't soon forget.

And you stole a point from me.

The biggest issue for Williams on the scoreboard Saturday was that she was outplayed by a younger version of herself in Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first player from Japan to win a major singles tennis title.

It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied.

"Carlos Ramos is a great umpire but he never tried to defuse the situation with Serena", Davenport said on the Tennis Channel.

"The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire", he tweeted.

"Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?" When Thiem did the same again in the fourth round of the US Open, glowing media headlines focused on the fact that he had given the broken racket to a fan.

The tranquillity didn't last long.

Flushing Meadows crowd's boos, screams and jeers clouded what should have been a shining moment for Osaka and her win might just remain a conclusion to the controversial night.

And the third code violation was verbal abuse towards Ramos.

"I'm honest, I was coaching". I'm just really happy I was able to win. But as she and Williams stood for the trophy presentation, the crowd loudly booed and jeered, protesting what they felt was unfair treatment leveled against Williams.

Q&A with 2018 US Open women's champion Naomi Osaka