Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese woman and also first Haitan to win the US Open after beating her idol Serena Williams.
Osaka won the match in straight sets, beating Serena 6-2, 6-4.
Osaka’s first US Open win was, however, marred by controversy after Serena protested being penalized by the umpire.
First, she had been issued a warning after her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, gestured to her. She told the umpire, Carlos Ramos, she “never cheats.”
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A few games later, she got a point penalty after breaking her racket. She then called the umpire “a thief,” claiming he stole a point from her, and was given a game penalty afterward.
Serena called the game referee and supervisor, saying the penalty was not fair. She said:
There are men out here that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman, because I’m a woman you’re going to take this away from me? That is not right.
Serena Williams after getting penalized because she called judge a "thief" "There;s a a lot of men who have said things and because they are men nothing happens to them"….pic.twitter.com/Vr9WTspqFw
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Serena, after the match, urged the crowd to celebrate Osaka’s win as she played well.
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