Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title after beating Serena Williams in the US Open women’s final.
The 20-year-old, who had dropped just one set en route to her first Grand Slam final on Saturday, prevailed 6-2, 6-4 in a dramatic match.
Osaka’s triumph prevented Williams, 36, from capturing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
With Osaka in control of the match, Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos when he handed her game penalty for a string of bad behaviour, including an illegal court-coaching violation and verbal and racket abuse.
“You owe me an apology,” the US superstar said, arguing about the coaching violation. “I have never cheated in my life!”
The game penalty put Osaka 5-3 up in second set and the Japanese kept her cool to pull off a historic win.
|Serena Williams argued with tournament officials [Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters]|
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