Arguing, booing overshadow Osaka's U.S. Open final win over Williams

10 September, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title Saturday, beating Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final that saw the American docked a game after calling the umpire a "thief".

"I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", she said.

Some social media users urged male tennis players to back Serena Williams.

Replays, and a post-match interview with ESPN's Pam Shriver, revealed that Mouratoglou was indeed coaching her, wanting her to move into the net more frequently.

The game penalty put Osaka 5-3 up and the 20-year-old Japanese kept her cool to pull off the win.

As the pro-Williams crowed booed the trophy ceremony announcer, Osaka was tearing up herself, but Williams urged the spectators to show the young champion respect.

"I'm telling you right now, I don't cheat to win".

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What happened: In the opening game of the third set, Williams hit a backhand that landed in - and was ruled in by a line judge - but Alves awarded the point to Capriati.

After the match, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted that he was trying to coach Williams during the final.

"I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized", James Blake, the former top-ranked USA male tennis player, said on Twitter.

Tennis great Billie Jean King weighed in on Twitter, arguing a double standard for women compared to men in tennis. For me to say 'thief, ' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. She was fined $4,000 for the coaching violation, $3,000 for her racket-smashing response and then a whopping $10,000 for verbal use toward Ramos.

"I didn't receive coaching", she screamed at Ramos.

Williams remained upset and later smashed her racket on the court, which resulted in another violation - this time resulting in a point penalty.

Williams disputed the warning saying: "I don't cheat to win".

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After Ramos' interjection, an angry Williams demanded an apology, even remonstarting "I have never cheated in my life, I have a daughter and I stand what's right for her...", still referring to the first violation.

"And I've also been given a "soft warning" by the ump where they tell you knock it off or I will have to give you a violation", he wrote.

It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July, as she seeks an initial major title since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017.

Williams took it up with tournament referee Brian Earley and called the penalties unfair: "This has happened to me too many times". That drew a second code violation - and, automatically, cost Williams a point. For me, it blows my mind.

"I hope to continue to go and play here again. They're going to be allowed to do that because of today", Williams said.

He also said that Ramos frequently works men's matches, but does not penalize players like Rafael Nadal for breaking the on-court coaching rule as often.

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