Apologetic Naomi Osaka thanks Serena Williams after controversial US Open win
Naomi Osaka appeared to be unsettled by the controversial events at the US Open, despite claiming her first Grand Slam crown.
Osaka was reduced to tears as thousands of fans inside Arthur Ashe Stadium loudly booed as she waited to receive her trophy, with Serena Williams having to implore them to stop.
Spectators were unhappy with Serena Williams’ treatment by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who gave the American favourite three code-violations in the second set.
And Osaka appeared to be uncomfortable celebrating her 6-2 6-4 win – her maiden Grand Slam success – in such an atmosphere.
“I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” said Osaka.
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“I just want to say thank you for watching the match.
“It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals. I’m really glad I was able to do that.”
“I didn’t know what was going on, I was just trying to focus.
“Since it was my first Grand Slam final, I did not want to get overwhelmed.”
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