Williams argues with chair umpire; Osaka wins US Open final

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2 6-4. Even during the match, whenever she was faced with a tough spot, she kept telling herself to try to do what Williams would do. "I was very impressed by her mental strength". "You own me an apology. You are the liar!" You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. "Having a child and having all the duties of a mother and trying to come back and trying to play at the elite level and she's doing it, back to back finals, that's pretty impressive". How can you say that? How dare you insinuate that I was cheating...

Williams lost to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon, but has hit a higher level in NY, her latest outstanding display leading to a 6-3 6-0 victory over Sevastova.

Barry Louie, who lives in Japan and is a friend of Osaka's father, said her father was working as an English teacher when he met her mother.

Added Williams, with a laugh: "I really hope to continue to go and play here again".

The Japanese player, shy and quirky off the court but a fierce fighter on it, defended magnificently, used the angles intelligently and, above all, reserved her best for the biggest moments. "No more booing. Let's be positive". Williams was then docked a game, to trail 5-3, for saying to Ramos: "You stole a point from me, and you are a thief".

The WTA said Williams and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both have "great integrity".

"To come from that, in the hospital bed, not being able to move and walk and do anything, now only a year later, I'm not training, but I'm actually in these finals, in two in a row. I'm kind of stunned", agreed childhood tennis buddies watching the match in other USA cities. Mouratoglou did it in a more obvious way, tennis coaches around the world have more subtle ways too. Everyone is doing it 100% of the time. "Unusual to do that in a Grand Slam final", Mouratoglou said. "She will struggle to get back from this".

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Williams accepted it was an unfortunate position for Osaka to be put in, and said: "That's why I said (during the ceremony), "I don't want to answer the questions".

"I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about?"

"I never had any warning in my career for coaching". Williams called Ramos a "thief" for stealing a point away and was hit with a third violation, this time for verbal abuse.

Williams also made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality", Williams said in the post-match presser.

"There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things", Williams said, "and because they are men, that doesn't happen". For me it blows my mind.

Osaka, the first Japanese woman ever to make a slam singles final, saved all 13 break points she faced, and, asked how she did it, replied: "This is going to sound really bad but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena". "They are going to be allowed to do that because of today, maybe it didn't work out for me, but it is going to work out for the next person".

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