The toppling of former No.1 Serena Williams by the 20-year-old playing in her first grand slam final was a tennis landmark.
Naomi Osaka, who had never won a grand slam before was playing with her idol, Serena Williams. Williams, on the other hand, is no ordinary idol. The 23-time grand slam champion is an enigma.
However, at the US Open Serena Williams was on the wrong side of the rules. Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women’s final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title.
“To lose a game for saying that is not fair,“ Williams said. “There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men that doesn’t happen.“
Serena Williams put an arm around Osaka’s shoulder and told the crowd:
“I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting, too, but let’s make this the best moment we can. … We’re going to get through this and let’s be positive. So congratulations, Naomi. No more booing.“
“I really hope to continue to go and play here again. We’ll see.“
Naomi Osaka said:
“Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.
“I don’t think I even thought about feeling sad because there’s no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final.”