U.S Open Final: Osaka Beats Serena Williams To Title
A new chapter has been written in world tennis and the author is 20-year-old Japanese star, Naomi Osaka.
Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the 2018 U.S Open Final which was dogged by a fair share of controversies.
Williams, who was aiming for a record-breaking seventh U.S Open title ended up being ducked points for receiving tips from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou and for smashing her racquet.
The American tennis star was also penalized for verbal abuse in her argument with chair umpire, Carlos Ramos.
Williams’ pain was Osaka’s gain as the 20-year old kept her cool to become the first player representing Japan to win a major singles title.
After Osaka rolled to win the first set – winning five straight games – Williams moved to a 3-1 lead.
She immediately lost her serve the next game, smashing her racquet in frustration that earned her the second violation and a point penalty to start the next game.
With Osaka leading by a service break, after breaking Williams for a 4-3 lead, Williams was given a game penalty on the changeover after Williams called Ramos “a thief” and demanding an apology for being labeled a cheat.
Osaka after her historic feat said “It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals, so I’m really glad I was able to do that.”
Williams was seeking her 24th major singles title that would have tied her for the all-time lead owned by Margaret Court.
She was also seeking her seventh U.S. Open title, which would have been the most ever and would have broken the tie that she currently shares with Chris Evert.
Williams was also looking to join a select group of seven mothers in the history of the sport to win majors, most recently in the Open era (since 1968) by Kim Clijsters.
All that will have to wait.
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