Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women’s final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title.
The biggest issue for Williams on the scoreboard Saturday was that she was outplayed by a younger version of herself in Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first player from Japan to win a major singles tennis title.
What this match will forever be remembered for is the way Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, demanding an apology after he initially warned her for receiving coaching, which is not allowed during Grand Slam matches.
"You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her. I have never cheated. You owe me an apology," Williams shouted at Ramos during the second set.
Williams also told a referee that male tennis players have not been penalized for saying similar things. "This is not right. This is not fair. This has happened to me too many times," an emotional Williams said.
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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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20-year-old Naomi Osaka defeated her idol Serena Williams and the championshiip emotions flowed. pic.twitter.com/KMiMatNLAX
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Fans continued to boo officials during the post-match presentation.
The crowd boos in protest of the US Open final's officiating. pic.twitter.com/hFAZdAIJYk
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