This point isn’t up for debate: Naomi Osaka was denied her magic moment

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NEW YORK — Everyone got robbed. The players, the crowd, the fans watching at home.

The Serena WilliamsNaomi Osaka US Open final was supposed to be a heavyweight boxing match between two of the hardest-striking players in the game. For both women, history was at stake. On the line for Williams was a 24th Grand Slam title and her first since becoming a mom. Twenty-year-old Osaka, the first Japanese player to make the final of a major, was attempting to win her first Slam — against the woman who inspired her to play the game.

One by one, the women were announced onto the court beneath swirling lights and smoke machines and amid deafening cheers, the crowd joyful at the sight of Williams in another Grand Slam final and respectful toward the budding young star. And for one set of tennis, the show lived up to its billing.

This point isn’t up for debate: Naomi Osaka was denied her magic moment

Serena Williams was irate, the fans were furious, and Naomi Osaka was left in

Article source: http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/24619049/us-open-2018-naomi-osaka-was-denied-magic-moment

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