Naomi Osaka first Japanese to win US Open after beating Serena Williams
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 6:32
Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another odd twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism.
"I had this made for Serena Williams last night after her match with some home videos from 1 year ago this week".
"That's never been something I've ever done, you know".
Williams earned a point penalty Saturday for cracking her racket when broken for 3-2 in the second and subsequently was docked a game, to trail 5-3, for what Ramos deemed to be verbal abuse towards him.
That incident was just a precursor to a scene that would find Williams losing a point, and then a game.
The 36-year-old's controversy overshadowed what was an historic Grand Slam victory for Japanese star Naomi Osaka, and many were outraged at Williams' professional conduct.
"It doesn't really feel that real right now".
Mouratoglou says that "in 99 percent of the cases, he would have told Serena, 'I've seen your coach do a movement and tell him to stop, otherwise you'll have a warning. He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief", Serena said.
'I was on the far other end, so I'm not sure.
Williams said later at the press conference "I don't need to cheat to win".
Williams was gracious as Osaka wrapped up her first Grad Slam title, as she urged the crowd at Arthur Ashe stadium to applaud the newly crowned champion.
With jeers bouncing off the arenas closed roof, both players the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved.
"She played well", Williams said, pausing to compose herself. "Very unusual to happen in a grand slam final", he said. Let's make this the best moment we can.
When it was Osaka's turn she seemed at a loss.
She gave Osaka, who became the first Japanese man or woman to win a grand slam title, all the credit for the win.
Her temper flared when Ramos issued a warning about a potential coaching violation.
Osaka, almost three years younger than her opponent, had never been beyond the fourth round at a slam prior to this week but, bar a very close match against fellow 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka, has steamrollered through the draw.
Williams comforted Osaka as the crowd booed her during the final announcement. And they're going to be allowed to do that because of today.
Later on, Williams received a point penalty for breaking her racket in frustration where she again went after Ramos.
The tranquillity didn't last long.
Williams is trying for her 24th major singles title, which would tie Margaret Court's record.
Neither Williams nor her vocal fans initially realised she had been given either the point or game penalty, and the boos and jeers on the second occasion were deafening.