Osaka not saddened by Serena row in US Open final

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams

The 23-time Grand Slam champion had another running battle last Saturday with umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" after he issued her a code violation for receiving coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, which she vehemently denied.

It is well known that Williams is one of Osaka's idols but she's now opened up on how she narrowly avoided bumping into another of her heroes at the US Open.

World No. 25 Barbora Strycova has now said the blowup was motivated purely by Williams' desperate situation as she could see the match slipping away.

Strycova stands as one of the first players on the circuit to publicly criticise Williams for her behaviour at flushing meadows, and the Czech also threw her support behind Ramos who she believes acted out of necessity.

After sparring with the chair umpire, Williams was given a one-game penalty late in the climactic second set, sealing the win for Osaka.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the blowup. This is not the first time she has been in trouble for her interactions with officials.

Both during the match and in the aftermath, Williams made claims that the penalties against her came from a sexist umpire. Her father, Leonard Francois, was inspired to get Naomi and her older sister Mari into tennis after watching the Williams sisters rise in the late 1990s.

Later this week, it was no longer only Williams and Ramos being criticized for their conduct, but also an Australian cartoonist for his depiction of the incident.

Osaka, 20, told The Ellen Show she was taught not to pay attention if her opponent got angry, so she could stay focused.

She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".

Osaka's multi-racial identity is unusual in Japan, and she was asked at the news conference about how that factored into the Nissan relationship.

"I couldn't tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there", she added. "I was drawing cartoons about racial politics in South Africa before most of these people were born".

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings".



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