Naomi Osaka victory over Serena Williams overshadowed by sexism, racism

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Serena Williams already paid a hefty price for the events which transpired on court during the women's singles final of the U.S. Open.

Others tried to pick holes in the authenticity of the cartoon, such as Williams never having actually jumped into the air and onto her racket during her tirade. The narrative may be that of how tennis' reigning Queen was denied her 24th Major title, robbing NY of its eternal dream yet again.

Tetsuo Osaka, 73, was watching the women's singles final on TV at home here, the southeastern tip of the northern main island, with his family on the early morning of September 9 as his granddaughter became the first female Grand Slam singles tennis champion born in Japan. His coach, Marian Vajda, said Djokovic peaked from the quarterfinals on, and it's tough to argue. Tennis has been her launching pad but ultimately, she is bigger than this game.

Williams was given three code violations during her straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

Osaka became her country's first Grand Slam victor, while compatriot Kei Nishikori also performed strongly with a run to the men's semi-finals.

She transcends tennis where even those who are not sports fans celebrate her boldness, her outspoken nature and her confidence. "I said 'I want to be like her. '" Throughout her career, she's always used her idol as inspiration.

During Saturday's match, which she lost 6-2 6-4 to Japan's Naomi Osaka, Williams was handed a coaching violation and a point penalty for breaking her racquet before a heated argument with umpire Carlos Ramos ended with her losing a game. In her previous win against Serena, she said, "Just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me".

The cries of "sexism" surrounding the Serena Williams story are a red herring.

In 2017 during a fourth-round match between Nadal and Roberto Batista Agut at the French Open, Ramos penalized Nadal for two time violations, the second of which cost Nadal a point (not that it mattered much in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory).

Amidst all this, Osaka remained calm and showed exceptional poise under pressure. "She gives to this sport a lot".

During the final, Williams had initially been incensed by the violation for coaching, which she received after the umpire spotted her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, making hand signals to her. A deafening cascade of boos shook the roof on the Ashe stadium. The young Osaka nearly always lost to her sister when they played against each other. Serena, holding back tears, still managed to hold serve 4-5.

The match was tarnished by Serena's second set outburst. And oh, you'll be glad to know her other obsession.

Despite growing up far away from her birth country, Osaka has not forgotten her roots.

"Yesterday's match showcased one of tennis's new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game. She could keep her concentration and disposition", said Tetsuo.

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