Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams in a US Open Final Marred by Boos and Tears

“The crowd was really noisy, so I really didn’t hear,” she said. “Like, I really didn’t hear anything that was going on. And when I turned around, it was 5-3. So I was a little bit confused then. But for me, I felt like I really had to focus during this match because she’s such a great champion, and I know that she can come back from any point.”

For Williams, the unpleasant ending was reminiscent of her semifinal here against Kim Clijsters in 2009, when Williams was issued a point penalty on match point for threatening a lineswoman. She also mentioned a contentious match against Jennifer Capriati at the Open in 2004. (In those matches, the chair umpires were women.)

When Saturday’s match was over, Osaka’s celebration was muted. She climbed up to her box and hugged her mother, who was crying, and then came back on court for an awkward trophy ceremony in which no one seemed pleased.

As the players stood next to each other, fans booed and Williams, seeing how upset Osaka was, moved over and put her arm around the new champion and then pleaded with the fans not to boo.

Osaka, in her speech, apologized to the fans, acknowledging that most of the fans were

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/09/sports/serena-williams-us-open-naomi-osaka.html

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