Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese individual to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday as her idol Serena Williams angrily collapsed, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final “a thief”.
Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams’s second set outburst. She accused him of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official. When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her, Williams lost all composure. “You’re attacking my character,” she said. “You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar,” she raved and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set. Williams was denied a 24th Grand Slam title which would have matched Margaret Court’s all-time record.
“She played well,” Williams said, pausing to compose herself. “This is her first Grand Slam. “I know you guys were here rooting, but let’s make this the best moment we can. Let’s give everyone the credit where credit is due. “Let’s not boo any more. Congratulations Naomi.”