20-year-old Naomi Osaka shocked the world by defeating former world no.1 Serena Williams in the finals of the US Open 2018, to win her first grand slam.
Osaka - the first player from Japan to win a major tournament – pulled a spectacular 6-2 6-4 victory in the finals of the tournament, which fitness a bizarre outburst from Serena Williams.
Williams, who had already lost the first set at Flushing Meadows, was given a code violation at 2-1 in the second after chair umpire Carlos Ramos ruled that her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was signaling tactics from the stands - which is not allowed.
Williams argued in anger with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and said, "We don't have any code. I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose." Williams later called Ramos a ‘liar’. The American smashed her racquet, and when Ramos gave her another violation - again a correct one - she exploded.
"I didn't get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I don't cheat. 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," she told the umpire.
However, when Osaka won the match and clinched the title, she didn’t look like someone who had won her first grand slam, as boos rang around Arthur Ashe Stadium - not directed her. She cried while standing near the trophy.
In response to the incident and the match, Osaka received much-needed support from the tennis fraternity and from other sportspersons.
This included former South African cricketer AB de Villiers, who tweeted words of comfort and support for the 20-year-old grand slam winner.
De Villiers wrote, “No one deserves to win your 1st major with the sound of booing around! Serena should have handled the situation better. Give the young girl her moment in the spotlight. All professional athletes have moments where we feel hard done by, u keep your head down & try to fight it out”
No one deserves to win your 1st major with the sound of booing around! Serena should have handled the situation better. Give the young girl her moment in the spotlight. All professional athletes have moments where we feel hard done by, u keep your head down & try to fight it out— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 9, 2018