Naomi Osaka’s magical moment of winning her maiden Grand Slam title has been marred by a huge controversy which happened during the women’s singles final of the US Open 2018. Defending her on-court antics, former world number one Serena Williams has come out in open to slam the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and said she did not cheat in the women’s singles final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
The Japanese stunned Williams in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Osaka’s idol Williams on the other hand angrily imploded, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final “a thief”.
During the action in the second set, when a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to Serena – along with a point penalty – the American tennis ace exploded. She tearfully accused the umpire of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official.
“You’re attacking my character,” Williams said.
US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams to Claim Maiden Grand Slam Title
“You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar,” she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty for a third violation — verbal abuse — that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set.
The chair umpire in the final Ramos also warned Serena for receiving repeated coaching instructions from her box.
It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge which she strongly denied. “I don’t cheat to win,” she said. “I’d rather lose.”
Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted in an interview with ESPN that he was trying to advise her with a hand gesture, although Williams was apparently oblivious.
“The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire,” he tweeted.
“Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?
When do we decide that this should never happen again?”
At the changeover, Williams was 2-1 up, she spoke again with Ramos appearing to smooth things over, and finally found a way to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead.
Interestingly, the young star broke back with the aid of two double faults and a backhand into the net from Williams, the American smashed her racquet to the court. A second code violation came with a point penalty to start the next game that sent her into orbit.
“I didn’t get coaching. I haven’t cheated in my life. I stand for what’s right,” insisted Williams as they headed into the sixth game — in which Osaka held at love.
After Osaka broke for a 4-3 lead Williams continued her verbal assault on Ramos, who docked her a game for a third violation that put Osaka up 5-3.
The scene recalled Williams’s ugly rant at a line judge in her US Open semi-final loss to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and her verbal attack on chair umpire Eva Asderaki in her 2011 final loss to Samantha Stosur.
Despite all the negative publicity and controversies, it was Osaka, who displayed not only a stellar game but remarkable poise throughout to seal a historic win for her country. Sadly, Williams’s outburst overshadowed an outstanding performance from the young Japanese star, who made her second career title a Grand Slam after winning her first at Indian Wells in March.
(With Quotes from Agencies)