After Serena lost the first set to the 20th seed, chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Serena the first code violation in the form of a warning early in the second set for getting instructions from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
United States great Billie Jean King was among those coming down hard on Serena's side in her claim that chair umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for comments that a male player could have gotten away with. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know", she told Ramos.
She then launched a series of verbal attacks on Ramos, demanding an apology for his call on the coaching violation to accusing him of being "a liar" and "a thief for stealing a point from me".
But Osaka - who displayed not only a stellar game but remarkable poise throughout - held serve to seal a historic win for her country.
Afterwards, the American said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game.
The former world No 1 Billie Jean King, an outspoken advocate of women's rights, said Williams was entitled to draw attention to the "double standard" in tennis. I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting too.
"I didn't get coaching".
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Either way, Nadal shrugged off that third-set distraction and finished off a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Canada's Vasek Pospisil . Two-time champion Venus beat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-5. "Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other".
'I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman. Even during the match, whenever she was faced with a tough spot, she kept telling herself to try to do what Williams would do.
Williams put her arm around Osaka's shoulder.
After her next service game, she argued with officials in the corner again, saying that she was targeted every year by umpires at the U.S. Open.
USTA Chairman and President Katrina Adams issued a statement as well, lauding Williams for her "great deal of class and sportsmanship".
Williams's arguments with the umpire cast a shadow over the final, which was opponent Naomi Osaka's first grand slam final and the first time a Japanese player has won a grand slam.
"The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire". During the question period at the trophy ceremony, Selena said she didn't want to be rude, but wouldn't answer any questions.
"It isn't, and as a result, a player was penalised for the actions of her coach".
"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it".
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is hugged by Serena Williams after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY. A fierce competitor, she likely felt that she was robbed of a championship moment.
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