Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

The Yomiuri newspaper said: "The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm", and hailed Osaka as "a new heroine Japan can be proud of".

The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first Slam victor, but instead Williams' argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.

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As her longtime coach, Patrick Mouratoglou - who caused the first penalty with a coaching violation - claimed, "100 percent of the coaches in 100 percent of the matches" are coaching when men and women are on the court but are seldom called out for it.

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Added Williams, with a laugh: "I really hope to continue to go and play here again". Now, Serena was angry, and she told the chair umpire that she has never cheated.

"You owe me an apology", Williams said. The results have been impressive and the 23-time grand slam singles champion barely broke sweat in dismissing Anastasija Sevastova in her semi-final. I know (the crowd) were here rooting. We're going to get through this and let's be positive.

"Lets not boo anymore, and lets be positive". We're gonna get through this and we're gonna be positive.

Williams urged the crowd to calm down as Osaka wept, seemingly overwhelmed by the crowd's reaction and all the controversy. And they're going to be allowed to do that because of today.

Williams had no answer to Naomi Osaka's consistency in the first set, losing it 6-2.

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Her third violation came after she called the umpire a "thief", leading to an automatic loss of a game.

It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied.

The American made three unforced errors as she lost her serve to love.

At the other end of the court, Osaka could do no wrong. But what she wasn't taking into account, in the umpire's mind, this was an accumulation of penalties.

In the second set, stats would not matter.

Williams earned a point penalty Saturday for cracking her racket when broken for 3-2 in the second and subsequently was docked a game, to trail 5-3, for what Ramos deemed to be verbal abuse towards him.

"This is a sport that gave us John McEnroe; the sport that gave us Ilie Năstase; Jimmy Connors; I could go on and on - men who have gotten away with far worse than saying 'You're a thief". Mattek-Sands has also won mixed doubles Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and the French Open. "I don't really see what would change", said Osaka, who has long looked up to Williams. "I want to clarify myself what he's talking about".

"I never had any warning in my career for coaching".

"I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me", she said.

The US Open 2018 women's singles final will be a night that people will not forget.

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