Naomi Osaka thwarted Serena Williams' attempts to seal a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at US Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory in Saturday's (Sep 8) final.
Naomi Osaka became Japan's first ever Grand Slam champion after she thumped a raging Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 in a controversial US Open final, with the American suffering a meltdown after being handed a game penalty.
The headlines were supposed to be about the American's bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first slam winner but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.
Serena was furious when she was given a coaching violation early in the second set after a hand gesture from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
She was then docked a point for a second violation when she smashed her racquet after dropping serve at 3-3.
The 36-year-old Serena maintained that she "is not a cheater" and demanded an apology.
Continuing her argument with Ramos at the change of ends, Serena maintained that she "is not a cheater" and demanded an apology before she accused him of being a "thief" for taking a point away from her.
Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead.
Serena continued arguing with tournament officials, fighting back tears, when they came onto the court to hear her pleas for fair treatment.
She insisted male players had called chair umpires much worse and she was being treated differently because she is a woman.
Despite the drama in her first major final, 20-year-old Osaka maintained her focus to serve out the victory.
The presentation ceremony began with booing from the crowd before a tearful Serena said, to wild cheers: "I don't want to be rude. I don't want to do questions.
"I just want to tell you guys she played well. Let's make this the best moment we can and get through it and give credit where credit is due.
"No more booing. Let's be positive."
Osaka was also in tears, and said: "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.
"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals. I'm really glad I was able to do that."
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