Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese woman to win the US Open after beating her idol Serena Williams.
Osaka won the match in straight sets, beating Serena 6-2, 6-4.
Osaka’s first US Open win was, however, marred by controversy after Serena protested being penalized by the umpire.
First, she had been issued a warning after her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, gestured to her. She told the umpire, Carlos Ramos, she “never cheats.”
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A few games later, she got a point penalty after breaking her racket. She then called the umpire “a thief,” claiming he stole a point from her, and was given a game penalty afterward.
Serena called the game referee and supervisor, saying the penalty was not fair. She said:
There are men out here that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman, because I’m a woman you’re going to take this away from me? That is not right.
Serena Williams after getting penalized because she called judge a "thief" "There;s a a lot of men who have said things and because they are men nothing happens to them"….pic.twitter.com/Vr9WTspqFw
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Serena, after the match, urged the crowd to celebrate Osaka’s win as she played well.
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