Serena Williams game penalty at U.S. Open final sparks torrent of reactions


Naomi Osaka’s historic title at the U.S. Open was convincing and well deserved. But her opponent, Serena Willams, and tennis fans alike were left wondering what was going on after a bizarre circumstance cost Williams a game in the second set of Osaka’s 6-2, 6-4 win.


It was filled with outbursts from Williams — who became incensed over calls from the chair umpire — and both she and Osaka were in tears. During the award ceremony, Osaka pulled her visor down as the crowd booed.

Williams, still in tears, put her arms around Osaka in an attempt to right the situation for the 20-year-old, who says she idolizes the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

“Well, I don’t wanna be rude, she played well and this is her first Grand Slam,” Williams said after the match, as she fought back tears. “Let’s make this the best moment we can, let’s give credit where credit is due and no more booing. Congratulations Naomi!”

“Thank you to the crowd, you really are the best in the world. I really hope to play here again, it’s been a tough year but thank you so much.”

USTA president Katrina Adams issued a statement after the match, making a point of noting Williams’s “class and sportsmanship” and calling her “an inspiration to me, personally, and a credit to our sport, win or lose.”

Regardless of the loss and the torrents of feelings surrounding it, Williams displayed quite a few magnificence and style in defeat. In all probability acutely aware of the truth that the placement may just overshadow a first-ever Grand Slam identify for Osaka, Williams first stood up for her opponent all over the trophy presentation, then for all girls all over her media availability.