A new star is born. Naomi Osaka played as she didn't feel any nerve at all while Serena Williams completed lost her mind in the second set before losing 6-2 6-4. She showed calm and pride throughout the whole match as she became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title and climbed into the top 10 for the first time.
But, when the TV presenter tried to begin the presentation, she was indecently booed by the crowd who brought her to sad tears. "You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you're sorry," Serena Williams said the chair umpire Albert Ramos in the key moment of the final.
Serena was left furious after she received a coaching violation from the umpire during the US Open final against Naomi Osaka. But she considered it as an injustice because she said, she wasn't even watching Mouratoglou and she felt aggravated from being accused of cheating.
Serena stormed up to his chair, declared she would never deliberately receive guidance from her coach. A few games later Serena smashed her racquet and she lost a point as the result of another violation. At that point she openly called Ramos a thief.
"This has happened to me before. This is not fair. There are a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things and do not get that punishment. Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me? That is not right" she ranted.
Ramos awarded her a game penalty. "I don't cheat to win! I'd rather lose... I'm just letting you know" she said. "You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right" she shouted.
But Mouratoglou admitted to ESPN his fault after the final. "He’s within his power to make that call. I’ve seen an umpire borderline coach a player up,and another dock a game for being called a thief in same tourney.
There needs to be some continuity in the future" tweeted Andy Roddick. "I don't want to be rude. I don't want to do questions. Naomi played well. This is her first Grand Slam!" Serena said in the trophy presentation.
"I know you guys were here rooting but let's make this the best moment we can. Let's give everyone the credit where credit is due. Let's not boo anymore. Congratulations Naomi! No more booing! Thank you to my team, you guys are amazing.
This crowd is the best in the world. Thank you so much. I really hope I can continue to go and play here again. I will see. It has been a tough year for me but thank you so much". "I know everyone was cheering for her and I am sorry it had to end like this," said Osaka.
"I just want to say thank you for watching the match. My mum sacrificed a lot to me. It means a lot for her to come and watch my matches because she doesn't normally do that! All we are missing is my dad but he doesn't physically watch my matches - he walks around.
So I will see him later! It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals so I am really glad I was able to do that. I am really grateful I could play with you. Thank you!" Osaka, who displayed an array of flat groundstrokes, served an ace to bring two match points.
A forehand down the line from Serena saves one of them - and then an ace gives Osaka her first ever Grand Slam title. She finally went to her team and her mum and dissolved in tears. Umpire Ramos, in the meantime, was escorted off-court and didn't take part to the trophy ceremony.
This is only the fourth time in the Open Era that a player seeded No.10 or higher will win the US Open title: Kim Clijsters in 2009, Flavia Pennetta in 2015 and unseeded Sloane Stephens in 2017. At 20-years-old, Osaka was the youngest woman to reach the US Open final since Wozniacki did so in 2009 (19 years, 64 days), and the first Japanese woman ever to reach a Slam final.
Lifting the trophy, she became her the youngest US Open champion since Sharapova in 2006 (19 years old). The American owns 801 career wins (across all levels), including 331 victories at the Grand Slam level, and has amassed a career earnings mark of USD $86 million (not including 2018 US Open), but she failed again to reach Margaret Court, who clinched her record 24th Grand Slam title on September 8, 1970.
Osaka, projected to improve her career high rank at No.7, reached 170 wins across her career, including 25 at majors, after the biggest success and the most brilliant performance in her young career.From her efforts this week, passed the USD $3 million mark for the season and $5 million for her career.
The Japanese had dropped just 28 games through six matches at this year’s US Open, the fewest games dropped through the first six matches in New York since Serena (26 games) at the 2014 US Open, and began the final as her nerves were made of steel in the final that staged the second-widest age gap between the finalists.
She broke twice in a row, as Serena double-faulted on the first break point and netted a backhand on the second to find herself 4-1 down in the opening set. Naomi Osaka won 53% of her return games this fortnight before the final and led the tournament in defending her serve, having saved 86% of break points faced.
Osaka was still crying when the chair of the USTA Katrina Adams congratulated both players. The final became a special moment, for the outcome and the proceedings, for Sascha Bajin. A mainstay in Serena Williams’ team for eight years (2008-2015), who considered him the most important figure in her team outside her family, Sascha Bajin continued on as a hitting partner for Victoria Azarenka (2015-16) and Caroline Wozniacki (2016-17).
In their first year together, Osaka has climbed from No.68 to start the season to Top 10 status with the title today. In March, she made history by becoming the lowest-ranked player, youngest (since Wozniacki at 2010 Beijing) and the first Japanese woman to win a Premier Mandatory-level title at Indian Wells.
With Bajin at the helm of her team, 2018 has looked dramatically different than the 20-year-olds 2017 season: It was a special day for the world of tennis. it's the first time in 80 years, since the 1937-38 seasons, that there will be four different major champions in back-to-back seasons.
It was a special night for Naoni Osaka, who almost dropped the trophy and looked shell shocked. We will never see a night like this.