Naomi Osaka's bio reveals a controversial episode about Serena Williams

Ben Rothenberg, in his biography about Naomi Osaka, revealed a controversial backstory about the 2018 US Open final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Naomi Osaka's bio reveals a controversial episode about Serena Williams
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The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka came back on the court after motherhood and the birth of little Shai, playing a good tournament at the Brisbane International 2024, being eliminated by Karolina Pliskova, but showing a good level of form.

Which bodes well for the continuation of her tennis season. But, regarding the Japanese, the topic that surrounds her is the long-awaited biography written by Ben Rothenberg. In the new bio, the journalist talked about what happened after the 2018 US Open final, won by Naomi against the American tennis legend Serena Williams.

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Osaka won that final with a score of 6-2 6-4, in just 79 minutes of play. During the match, Serena incurred a point penalty after receiving a violation for talking to coach and breaking a racket.

She then suffered a code violation for verbal abuse, which triggered an automatic game penalty. In Rothenberg's Osaka biography Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice, he said how Serena Williams remained angry after returning to the locker room.

Rothenberg also said how Serena threw the runner-up trophy into the wastebasket in the locker room. "Serena made her feelings clear by throwing the trophy into a garbage can," wrote Rothenberg in the book, as reported also by Sportskeeda.

And to think that, in the on-court interview, Serena said completely different words: "I don't know how I feel yet. I haven't had time to really process everything. But I'm just trying to stay positive and look at all the bright things and all the good things and keep moving forward with this."

Meanwhile, Mary, Naomi's sister, has harshly attacked their father

Meanwhile, in a post on X, Mary Osaka, sister of the Japanese tennis player, accused her father Leonard Francois, an American of Haitian origin, of having abused her and her mother for a long time. "I want you to know how angry and disgusted I am with you both as a father and as a human being in general.

You have abused me since I was young and have continued to molest my mother." After publishing the sentences, however, the next day they disappeared from social media. Perhaps a change of heart that pushed Mary not to damage the image of her sister, who has just returned to the court after her maternity leave?

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