Serena Williams loses her cool, Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open

Serena Williams dominated by Naomi Osaka in U.S. Open.

Naomi wins first, Serena goes off.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

NEW YORK — Somebody made history Saturday afternoon at the 2018 U.S. Open. But it wasn’t who we anticipated. In front of a hostile crowd that included celebrities Kevin Hart, Vanessa Williams, Kelly Rowland and La La Anthony, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka carved her name in the history books by defeating perennial champ Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title. With the win, Naomi become the first Japanese player to win a major singles tennis championship. Had Serena won, she would’ve tied the Grand Slam record with 24.

Naomi’s triumph, however, didn’t come without controversy. Serena was penalized a game for ‘verbal abuse’ after engaging in a heated quarrel with chair umpire Carlos Ramos who she called a “thief” for stealing a point from her. Cameras also caught Serena, 36, yelling at Ramos, telling him: “I don’t cheat. I’ve never cheated in my life. You owe me an apology.”

Ramos accused Serena of receiving tips from her coach.

She also threw her tennis racket to the ground in frustration.

Both are violations.

Things got so heated, the executive director of the event was forced to intervene. “This is not fair,” a tearful Serena told the director. “This is not fair. It happens to me at this tournament every single year. It’s not right.” Serena also accused Ramos of being sexist, saying, “there are men out here that do much worse, but because I’m a woman you’re gonna take this away from me?”

Play was delayed several minutes at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium as the Pro-Serena crowd rained down a loud chorus of boos. After the dust had settled, Naomi was given a trophy and a check for $3.8 million. During the presentation, Serena tried to calm the capacity crowd. “I know you guys were here rooting (for me),” Serena said as she put her arm around Naomi’s shoulder. “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.”

A teary Naomi, who’s half Japanese and half Haitian, later addressed the audience, saying, “I’m sorry. I know that everyone was cheering for her, and I’m sorry that it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match. Thank you. It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals, so I’m really glad that I was able to do that. I’m really grateful that I was able to play with you. Thank you.”

Speaking of sexist… it was Ramos’ first U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship.

He normally presides over men’s events.

Do you agree with Serena’s claim that sexism was involved?

Share your thoughts below.

23 comments

  1. Capois W. LaMort

    There is no controversy there. Osaka won fair and square.

  2. I feel very sad for Serena; not because she lost, but because she was treated unfairly by the UMPIRE. It is one thing to lose a championship because you did not play well but it is completely a different thing to lose a championship because the umpire was totally UNFAIR. It is true that Serena lost the first set because she did not play well. However, she could have won the second set if the umpire was not UNFAIR. That was really terrible. I have seen may coaches give their players hand signals, which I did not understand, but the players were never ever penalized. I honestly believe that this final match should be replayed if there is any fairness in this world. WTA should do something about what happened to Serena. She is the best player in history and yet she has always been treated unfairly.

  3. Osumiri Kingsley

    What a shame, Naomis father is Haitian why are they calling her Japanese? What type of culture do Haitians have? Why on earth is Naomi bearing Osaka? Do Haitan kids bear their mothers last name? I am confused

  4. Serena was getting her ass beat and decided to cheat.
    Then threw a tantrum because she got caught.

    The umpire followed the rules

  5. Americans, nice way to show yourself in front of whole world with that disgusting crowd. 👏
    Well done Naomi Osaka, it was her against everyone- and she did it!

  6. Congrats. NAOMI. SERENA waved the “Im black..poor me” card too if you listened to audio on radio. Some kind of liberal affirmative action , self entitled bull we see from these silly celebrities. Good job referee.

  7. joakim appolon

    So we’re just gonna ignore how Osaka won and focus on the other player losing her temper?

  8. Jaret Donald Patterson

    Serena may or may not have received coaching but she allowed the warning call bother her way to much!
    She mentally checked out of the match and wasn’t focused enough to win. Congrats Naomi🤗

  9. Congrats to Osaka but in Serena’s defense Djokovic, Rafael and many others break the rules without fines and penalties😠😠😠😠😠

  10. I doubt anyone in her inner circle has advised her to stop playing the
    victim and throwing tantrums in these situations.
    First because she wouldn’t listen-
    Second because she would fire them.
    These things have ruined her legacy over the years.
    and her overall likebility has to be very low.

  11. So Osaka is half japanese/haitian but considered japanese. And ex-president Barrack Obama was biracial as well but he is ‘black’?? Americans are funny..

  12. Certainly Serena would know if shes been discriminated against. Its even likely there is major racist button pushing behind the scenes at the US Open we the public would never know about…Considering whats being done overtly like the trite pettiness over her attire..God knows what they’re doing covertly…If that guys cognitive dissonance disorders interferes with the game he isn’t fit to chair ref or call it…Serena is a God..and that little man with the clearly defined inferiority complex sitting in a “Highchair” is almost laughable..cause even a baby would be more fair since they atleast aren’t vicious jealous RACIST

  13. Serena is a ugly Jehovah’s Witness man-looking biatch. And she needs to stop slutting around for white men.

  14. Carlos Ramos deserves a payrise to take this sort of abuse.

  15. I’m a black woman and I’m appalled at how Serena made this beautiful girl feel in her moment!Her daughter will see her mother as a sore loser later in life…I’m sure Osaka was sad because her idol treated her this way!This was a Chance for 2 black women to celebrate together as SISTERS,And she messed that up!!!!Serena Should be ASHAMED of herself like she looked at the end..She knows she was wrong for that!!!!

  16. Serena says, “I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right!”…. As she shows her daughter how to smash a racket and be a sore loser! …. smh

  17. David Crews Ph.D.

    William’s childish tantrums and poor sportsmanlike conduct did NOT ruin her Victor’s moment!

  18. Serena has threatened a lineswoman and lied about it, calls judges names and uses personal insults, lied about being coached, has lied about who she played when McEnroe made a comment about her. Everything she complains about she is guilty of.

  19. anyone who actually knows the rules of tennis and isn’t a casual fan knows Serena was 100% wrong

  20. Michael McParland

    To fly immediately to sexism or race is pure weak sauce when this guy has totally proven to be consistent on his treatment of all players men and women.

  21. Yeah because I’m sure that Umpire woke up that day and said “I’m going to be against women today”

  22. The only thief on the court was you Serena. You stole the greatest moment of a young girl’s life.

  23. I smash my racquet when I’m angry. I verbally abuse the officials. It’s sexist that they penalize me. I lost because of the umpire. I have a problem every time I come here, but I refuse to see that maybe it’s because I am the problem. – Serena Williams, US Open 2018

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