The Asahi newspaper described how Osaka's unpretentious, sometimes humorous responses in post-match interviews and news conferences have won over spectators and journalists alike. And ultimately, sad for Osaka, who played the match of her life and earned the victory.
Naomi Osaka's first grand slam title resulted in her being emotional and crying when handed the trophy.
Williams told Ramos that she was not being coached, and she would never cheat. "I'm really glad I was able to do that".
Osaka apologized to the crowd.
Williams had been given a first violation by Carlos Ramos for coaching earlier in the set, telling him that she'd "rather lose" than cheat. There was no thumbs-up sign. Between Indian Wells and here I haven't really done that well, but I think just to regain that mentality coming into this tournament, I feel really proud of myself and I know that I do really well here. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it.
After being broken to go down 4-3, Williams smashed her racket which led to a point penalty.
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A multiple Ligue 1 victor with PSG, Rabiot also has a handful of French worldwide caps to his name. For sure it is not nice for a new player.
When it comes to reflecting, though, she will remember that she had a brilliant run through the tournament, dropping only one set (to Aryna Sabalenka).
"She's a tough, strong athlete who's trying to win every point".
Osaka, who happens to be coached by Williams former hitting partner, hit more aces, 6-3. She represents perhaps the next generation of great women tennis players who will try to fill the void left by Serena when she leaves competitive tennis. The crowd booed. Someone from the US Open commentary box weighed in: "I didn't hear anything there that counts as verbal abuse".
The 36-year-old's controversy overshadowed what was an historic Grand Slam victory for Japanese star Naomi Osaka, and many were outraged at Williams' professional conduct.
"You stole a point from me, you're a thief too". Her ugly rant at a line judge marred Kim Clijsters's semi-final win over her in 2009 and she infamously called chair umpire Eva Asderaki "unattractive inside" in a tantrum during her 2011 final loss to Samantha Stosur. Ramos interpreted the remark as verbal abuse, and awarded a game to Osaka, putting the eventual victor one game away from victory.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion said she would continue to fight for gender equality in the sport and addressed the first-round penalty given to Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on the court. She pleaded her case through tears to the two of them, insisting she is always treated unfairly at this event - and that men have called umpires much worse and not been penalized - but there was no budge in the score.
Tennis is not as big in Japan as baseball, soccer or sumo, but Osaka's 6-2 6-4 semi-final win over Keys made the front pages of major local newspapers on Thursday - although it was dwarfed by news of the natural disaster that struck the northern island of Hokkaido earlier that day.