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Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

09 September 2018

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.

Williams has won six of her 23 major titles in NY, and with a victory would equal Margaret Court's record.

With jeers bouncing off the arenas closed roof, both players — the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams — wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved.

"It was good that I played her because I kind of know how she plays now", Williams said. Let's give everyone the credit where credit is due.

"Thank you to the crowd, you really are the best in the world".

"Like you know that I don't even call for on-court coach". She brought Osaka to net and served with more consistency, keeping pace with the 20-year-old phenom. "I think, you know, whenever I had a break point, she came up with some great serve".

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And after the pro-Williams Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd had showered Osaka and chair umpire Carlos Ramos with boos for a controversial game penalty, the youngster was asked why she thought to apologize for her victory.

A third violation, this time for verbal abuse against the chair umpire, cost Williams a game.

Williams said later at the press conference "I don't need to cheat to win".

"I don't dream to lose", she said. There was no thumbs-up sign.

Later, Mouratoglou admitted he had been trying to coach Williams from the stands with some hand signals but accused Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin of doing the same. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it.

Williams said. "That is not right". The second violation resulted in the loss of a point, and Osaka used that 15-0 edge to establish a 4-3 lead. Williams said in a furious rant directed at the chair umpire.

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In 2011, she was called for hindrance by yelling during a point and had a raging tantrum.

"You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine", she fumed, saying, "you are the liar", prompting Ramos to issue another violation and dock her a game under the ascending scale of punishments for repeated code violations and putting Osaka on the brink of victory. "I want women to have the cake, the icing, the cherry on top, too", King said in 2016. At the same time, I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match. However, her peers congratulated Osaka clinching the title while wishing it was one of many to come.

"You owe me an apology".

"I felt, at one point, bad, because Im crying and shes crying". Williams won one more service game, but Osaka closed out the set. "This is her first grand slam".

To her huge credit, Osaka held her nerve among the chaos to claim victory, after Williams had remonstrated emotionally with the tournament referee, insisting she had been unfairly treated.

It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July, as she seeks an initial major title since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017.

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Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final