Serena Williams was surprised by Japan's Naomi Osaka in straight sets. © AFP
The Japanese 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was surprised by Japan's Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the US Open 2018 final on Saturday. Serena finished with the runner-up trophy after losing 2-6, 4-6 to the 20-year-old in one hour and 19 minutes. Osaka, by virtue of her victory in the final, became the first woman in Japan to win a Grand Slam title. Minutes before Japan's Osaka took the second set to win the title, Williams was involved in a verbal dispute with seat judge Carlos Ramos. The referee who warned Americans to receive training from their box. The conversation later saw Williams burst into tears, eventually losing the second set as well.
Serena Williams, in tears, accused the chair umpire of being a "thief" and angrily demanded an apology from the official. He also received a penalty in the second set for his unprofessional approach to the referee on the center court.
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"You are attacking my character," he said. "You will never be in another court, you are the liar," he was furious and Ramos gave him a penalty in the game that put Osaka in a 5-3 victory game in the second set.
Serena Williams, 36, had won the singles title of the US Open in 2014. The player from the United States also won the tournament in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2013.
(With the entries of AFP)
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