US Open Women's Final Recap

Serena WIlliams Vs Naomi Osaka

By: Nabeela Damji

Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

There were a lot of firsts for Naomi Osaka.  Her first ever majors final, and her first title, not to mention becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam. 

The 20-year-old Osaka defeated Serena Williams, who was going for her records 24th Grand Slam.  But the victory was overshadowed by a warning, a point penalty, and then a game penalty called against Williams by umpire Carlos Ramos, taking the score in the second set from 4-3 to 5-3 for Osaka. 

The warning for Williams was for getting coaching from her box, and the point penalty to breaking her racquet.  Williams then approached the umpire and demanded an apology insisting she didn’t cheat, and then called him a thief who “stole” a point from her.  Ramos then responded by giving Williams a one-game penalty. 

During the trophy presentation, fans booed Osaka, who told them “I’m sorry it had to end like this”, and then collected her 3.8-million-dollar cheque. Williams came to her rescue stating She played well and this is her first grand slam. Let’s give everyone the credit where credit is due.  Congratulations, Naomi.”

 

But was it too late?

Look, I understand where Williams is coming from. In fact, this isn’t’ even the first time Ramos has been in this situation.  Rafael Nadal once told him he would never ref another match of his.  And received no penalty.  So, when Williams stated “To lose a game for saying that, it’s not fair, I mean it’s really not. There’s a lot of men out here who’ve said a lot of things, and because they are men, it doesn’t happen to them. Because I’m a woman, you’re going to take [a game] away from me? I know you can’t change it but it’s not right.” Yeah, I get it.  And I agree.  But at the same time, we all know what a sore loser Williams can be at times.

 

Save the feminism for another day. Let Osaka have her night.  She earned it.