US Open Women Singles Final Match Highlights:
∙ Naomi Osaka won 6-2, 6-4
∙ Serena Williams suffered a massive meltdown in which she called the umpire a cheat and threatened to ruin his career
∙ She was docked two game points for her behaviour
∙ Williams was also fined 17,000$ for her misconduct after the match
The US Open Women Singles Final saw Japan’s Naomi Osaka trash Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to lift the coveted trophy. Coming into the match as the underdog, Osaka troubled Serena to no end with her clearly superior game on the day to demolish the American in straight sets.
It was a final that was soaked in controversy with Serena losing the point midway. Failing to answer Osaka on the court, a clearly frustrated Williams erupted into a rant that was hardly befitting of such a magnanimous occasion. Her extraordinary bursts in the second set are something we completely expect from a player like Serena; one who is not only spoilt with a bad attitude but has also considered herself above the game for far too long.
The issues began when Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou made a hand gesture towards her early in the second set at New York’s Flushing Meadows. In a motion that was clear of coaching by Mouratoglou, the referee decided to issue a code of violation against Williams according to the rules which say “communication of any kind” between player and coach is banned in Grand Slams.
Williams denied she received coaching, saying she would “never cheat to win and would rather lose”, and demanded an apology from the umpire Carlos Ramos. Her double standards were exploded after the match ended with her coach admitted of coaching to the media.
Three games later Osaka was awarded a point when Williams who was clearly getting overplayed by her opponent was given another code violation for smashing her racquet. Williams embarrassing behavior failed to stop at that though. Going berserk she decided to throw a, continuing to rant, calling Ramos a “liar”, telling him to “say you are sorry” and describing him as a “thief” for awarding a point to Osaka.
In a show of strength by umpire Ramos who remained unfazed throughout Williams’ utterly poor and pathetic display, Williams’ had a game penalty imposed on her by Ramos. Unapologetic about her acts after the match, Serena continued in the same tone at her post-match press conference.
Afterward, the American said it was “sexist” to have been penalized a game.
“He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’,” the 36-year-old former world number one added.
“But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things.
“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff.”
Using the women and mother’s card and calling the umpire a thief and threatening to end his career has seen Serena receive strong criticism from all quarters. Bashed for her behavior towards the umpire, people have been unforgiving in their reactions towards her series of events which they believed have soiled the game.
The match’s proceedings nowhere shadow Osaka’s achievement who at the age of 20 scripted histories to become the first Japanese to ever lift the US Open.
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