Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after match point against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) in a women's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
A third violation, this time for verbal abuse against the chair umpire, cost Williams a game.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will play the U.S. Open women's final with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, demanding an apology after he initially issued a warning for a code violation in the second set's second game for receiving coaching, which is not allowed during Grand Slam matches.
Williams is referencing an incident from last week when French player Alizé Cornet was penalized for briefly taking her shirt off mid-match. I do not cheat to win. "I'd rather lose", she told Ramos. Williams said in a furious rant directed at the chair umpire.
She was then docked a point for a second violation when she smashed her racquet after dropping serve at 3-3. She unwrapped a new racket and then took the court to argue again some more about coaching.
Controversy aside, Osaka simply played the better tennis, preventing Williams from winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with Ausrtralian Margaret Court. "Even though I'm not a spring chicken I still have a very, very bright future", she said.
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She said: "He took a point from me".
That was also decided quickly as Japan's Naomi Osaka dismissed last year's losing finalist American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4.
Patrick Mouratoglou admitted to coaching Serena Williams during the finals of the US Open, but he says it's no different from what any other coach does.
"I didn't receive coaching", she screamed at Ramos.
Despite all the confusion and frustration, Williams received widespread praise for how she handled Osaka's trophy ceremony. At the same time, I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match.
"'Naomi is a deserving champion and Serena at all times plays with class and makes us proud".
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Serena Williams talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.
She beat Williams in their first meeting, at the Miami Open earlier this year, and she proved it wasn't a fluke this time around. She had four operations following the birth of her daughter, Olympia.
Yet the final result of the match will be overshadowed by Williams' behaviour, after she urged referee Ramos to apologise to her as she came close to being disqualified from the tournament.
What a baptism this was at the highest level for 20-year-old Osaka, who was up against Williams' 30 grand slam finals and years of experience but was the one who kept her cool.
With a seventh US Open title to go with those she won in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 she can break out of a tie with Chris Evert for the most ever.
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