Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Naomi Osaka Makes First Comment After the U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka Makes First Comment After the U.S. Open

"I stand for what's right", insisted Williams as they headed into the sixth game - in which Osaka held at love.

Williams, who was seeking a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was handed a warning for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racquet.

"I also agree with what Patrick said that pretty much all players receive coaching on court". I do not cheat to win.

Ramos didn't argue and the score was now 1-1 in the second set, with Osaka starting the next game 15-0 up. (Williams' coach later admitted to coaching Williams, although he doesn't believe she saw him.) Williams reacted strongly to the accusation. She started the next game down 15-0.

Williams went on to thank the crowd, joyfully expressing her desire to be at the Open again, despite her admission that playing there had been tough on her.

But Serena wasn't finished with Ramos. She continued to yell at the chair umpire several times about the initial penalty.

Last month, Williams black catsuit caused a stir at the French Open with the President of the tennis tournament asking Serena to "respect the game and the place" and banning the suit altogether. "I didn't cheat. How can you say that?" protested Williams. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. Say it. Say you're sorry.

"You are attacking my character and you owe me an apology". And you stole a point from me. You're a thief too'. She was mostly dominant, dropping only one set in her seven matches, and she saved 5 of 6 break points against Williams after erasing all 13 in the semifinals against Madison Keys. She directed a series of insults at Asderaki, who issued a code violation for verbal abuse.

At the end of the day, the most egregious crime here is that the match won't be remembered as a well-deserved victory for Osaka, or as a compelling athletic battle between two talented women of color.

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National Organisation of Women president Toni Van Pelt weighed in with a statement calling for the USTA to sever any ties to Ramos for "a blatantly racist and sexist move".

When it was Osaka's turn she seemed at a loss. Osaka will join the group of skilled players - Serena Williams, Alizé Cornet, countless others - who were robbed of their moments because of a power structure that refuses to treat them fairly.

Ramos called this "verbal abuse" and issued her a third penalty, allowing Osaka to win, 6-2, 6-4.

After a confident hold punctuated by a 106 miles per hour ace Osaka broke again to lead 4-1, silencing the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

Two-time Australian Open champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka backed up Williams' stance, writing on Twitter: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".

In her post-match news conference, Williams claimed that she would not have been so harshly treated if she was a man, and Formula One world champion took to social media to lend his support to the 36-year-old.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things".

Osaka rejected a question regarding Williams before holding up her trophy.

"I'm honest, I was coaching".

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