Serena Williams loses U.S Open against 20-year-old, Naomi Osaka.
Before the win, Williams received a game penalty for verbal abuse. Umpire, Carlos Ramos for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set. Williams then stated “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose.”
Serena wanted an apology from Ramos, stating “When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it, say you’re sorry….And you stole point from me. You’re a thief, too.” The crowd was on Williams side, booing as they felt it was unfair and were rooting for her as well. The tennis superstar also makes a fair argument on how men have said far worse than “thief” and don’t get punished for it.
During the trophy ceremony during some booing, Williams addressed the crowd. She states “Well, don’t be rude, I don’t want to do questions. Osaka played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were here rooting. Let’s not boo anymore.”
Osaka was even trying to hold back the tears that seemed more sad than for her own victory. She apologizes saying “I know that everybody was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”
"You owe me an apology! I have NEVER cheated in my life!"
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 8, 2018
Osaka defeated Williams with an amazing performance and these stars handled this all with grace. The now US Open Champ is a huge fan of Serena and dreamed to be playing her one day. Her dream came true and with the Grand Slam trophy to end it all.
Congratulations to the both of these women!