Naomi Osaka becomes the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam after she defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the 2018 US Open but the match will be remembered for the emotional exchanges between Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos, who handed her three violations, including a game penalty.
Williams urged the crowd to calm down as the 20th-ranked Osaka wept, seemingly overwhelmed by the crowd's reaction and all the controversy.
"Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due and let's not boo anymore," Williams told the crowd. "We're going to get through this and let's be positive. So congratulations, Naomi. No more booing."
Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final on Saturday is still causing consternation and controversy across the tennis world.
The latest bit of fuel to the fire: A cartoon depicting a tantrum-throwing Williams that appeared Monday in the Melbourne, Australia, newspaper The Herald Sun. Social media erupted with charges of racism. Among the outraged: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, a noted Serena fan.
"Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop," she tweeted.
Naomi Osaka, 21, could be Serena's natural heir. All the qualities are there. She is very young and she has a whole career ahead of her. Physically her tennis is powerful, but she can still improve a lot.
Technically, the strength of her fundamental blows is also mitigated by a grace in some solutions, like dropshots or net shots, which make it intuitive for an extraordinary completeness. Tactically there is still some to work on, but the Japanese is already a step forward.
To win a Grand Slam at her age there must be important factors. Mentally, although there is still something to be done, Osaka has proved herself solid and ready, despite some months of emptiness between the success in Indian Well and the triumph in New York.
The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper last September.
The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby's pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman -- meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti -- "Can you just let her win?"
In a ruling published Monday, the Australian Press Council said it "acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive" but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.
Tennis legend Serena Williams opens up on the 3rd hour of TODAY about her busy life on and off the court, which includes raising “wild child” daughter Alexis Olympia, recovering from an injury and reflecting on her own legacy.
The tennis star stepped out onto the windy N.Y.C. streets on Wednesday wearing a fun and flirty button-down shirtdress that got caught in the breeze. The skirt of her heart-print dress briefly exposed her underwear as she walked, but like the superstar she is, she handled it so elegantly, it almost looked intentional.
The paparazzi caught Williams at just the right angle where she was posing in a strong stance that could have been plucked from a high-fashion shoot.