Osaka wins US Open to claim Japan's first Grand Slam singles title

Osaka wins US Open to claim Japan's first Grand Slam singles title

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".

This was the only the latest in a series of high-profile conflicts with match officials for Williams at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka dropped just one set on her way to the tournament win, and kept intact a 32-0 record of victories this season when she won the first set.

She cried even more on the podium - as the crowd booed throughout the trophy ceremony, she pulled her hat down over her eyes, and her opponent put her arms round her in an effort to comfort her.

Osaka was born in Japan but left when she was three years old and raised in the United States. "I'm just letting you know", a fired-up Williams told the umpire at Flushing Meadows in NY. We're going to get through this and let's be positive.

"Thank you to the crowd, you really are the best in the world".

"I felt like I shouldn't let myself be overcome by nerves or anything, and I should just really focus on playing tennis because that's what's gotten me to this point", Osaka said.

"I know that everyone was cheering for her".

If Serena Williams did not "see" her coach "coaching" her, did she receive coaching?

"I said, I'd rather lose than have to cheat to win". There was no thumbs-up sign. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it. It wasn't a point; it was a game.

After being broken to go down 4-3, Williams smashed her racket which led to a point penalty. She has lost only 30 games in her seven matches. "[Osaka's coach] was coaching every point too".

Williams continued protesting to Ramos during a changeover but returned to break Osaka's serve to go 3-1 up in the second set.

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"I have never cheated in my life", Williams said. Tell me about her very, very briefly.

Osaka ran off five straight games after Williams held serve to open the match.

"And you stole a point from me".

"I don't cheat to win". She called the chair umpire a thief, it is verbal abuse and end of the story, why so much drama?

Then she asked to speak to tournament referee Brian Earley, who walked onto the court along with a Grand Slam supervisor. (She'll jump to No. 7 on Monday.) Now, at the age of 20, she's a Grand Slam champion.

She will now meet 23-time slam singles champion Williams, who won her first title in NY 19 years ago and thumped Anastasija Sevastova prior to Osaka's win over Keys on Thursday. For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two incredible players, both of whom have great integrity.

Despite her dominant display, Serena estimated she is still only operating at 50-60 per cent and then fired an ominous warning to her fellow players.

"Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine".

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. Osaka's pinpoint placement forced Williams to lay back instead of approaching the net.

Murray won a year ago with Martin Hingis and she was in the box Saturday to cheer the doubles team at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The WTA said Williams and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both have "great integrity".

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