In the finals at the US Open, the 20-year-old Osaka defeated 36-year-old Serena Williams mainly with a commanding display of precociousness that is most reminiscent of, well, Serena Williams.
But Naomi’s victory was overshadowed and perhaps even sealed by a series of violations called against Serena, who had a warning, a point penalty, and then a game penalty called against her, taking the score in the second set from 4-3 to 5-3 with Osaka in the lead.
Serena received the warning for getting coaching from her box, and the point penalty for breaking her racquet. After she approached the umpire demanding an apology and insisting she didn’t cheat. She called the umpire a thief who “stole” a point from her…
The whole thing was a mess.
Although Serena has a point about the sexism (because men said lots of things as well, but don’t get penalised) she also tends to forget that she’s a champion and an inspiration to many. Instead of breaking shit, her approach to injustice should be more intelligent.
The drama dampened the Grand Slam title win for her opponent, who idolises Serena and cried on the podium as she was awarded the cup to boos from the stands.
Naomi didn’t deserve this reaction. She won fair and square!
I love Serena, but she spoiled the final. And that crowd was an embarrassment.