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Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams To Become Grand Slam Champion Marked In Controversy

Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams to become the first Japanese woman to win the Grand Slam Final. She beat Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4 in a controversial win that was marked by booing in the crowd reports the New York Times. Serena Williams was attempting to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title tying record holder Australian Margaret Court. Osaka, 20 looked like a younger fresher Serena, 36. This was the passing of the torch from Serena to Osaka even though the outcome wasn’t ideal.

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The match took place in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York where Osaka looked dominant from the start. In the second set, the umpire warned Serena about alleged hand signals from her coach which would be a violation of code. Serena claimed that her coach wasn’t giving her hand signals but rather a thumbs up. Upset by the violation call Serena walked up to the umpire and said, “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.”

Still upset, Serena after losing a game, broke her racket on the ground.

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The umpire issued a point penalty furthering Osaka’s lead. Serena got in a heated argument with Carlos Ramos, the umpire, saying “you owe me an apology” and calling Carlos Ramos a “thief”. The umpire hit Serena with another point penalty. Serena asked for the tournament referee where she started to cry. After a lengthy discussion Serena cooled down and the match went on. Serena eventually lost to Naomi Osaka.

After the game was over the crowd started to boo and jeer. Naomi Osaka started to cry it seems because of the booing. “I know that everyone was cheering for her, and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” Osaka said. Serena congratulated Naomi while comforting her and told the crowd to stop booing.

This match must have been a surreal match for Osaka who wanted to play her hero Serena in the finals. When Osaka was asked by a reporter if she had a message for Serena after she made it to the finals she said, “I love you.”

Naomi Osaka is the daughter of a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka and a Haitian father Leonard Francois. She was born in Japan where she lived until she was three years old until her family moved to the United States. Her father followed the blueprint laid out by Serena William’s dad on how to raise a tennis prodigy. And now Naomi Osaka is the world champ besting her idol in a historic win for the young woman.

Here is Naomi getting a much needed hug from her mother.

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