Naomi Osaka said that Serena Williams’s row with the umpire during the US Open women’s singles final has not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam title because she had no idea about how to react after winning one.
Osaka, 20, stunned the tennis world and everyone present at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, when she beat her idol Serena 6-2 6-4 to win her maiden Grand Slam title.
But, her win was overshadowed by an explosive row between Serena and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined USD 17,000.
Not only that, the Japanese’s first-ever triumph was not well received by the crowd at Flushing Meadows and she was even booed by the crowd for defeating the fan favourite.
World No.7 Osaka was reduced to tears during the presentation ceremony and hid her face all the while with a visor to hide her tears. However, on her arrival in Japan on Thursday, she said that she was not saddened by the incident.
“For me, I don’t feel sad because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel,” she told a news conference in Yokohama.
“Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.
“I don’t think I even thought about feeling sad because there’s no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final.”
The Osaka-Williams final was one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time and it divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in sport after Serena’s assertion that Ramos would have dealt with a male player in a different way.
Serena has been heavily criticised for her actions, which spoiled a precious moment for young Osaka, who even moved to apologise to the New York crowd and Serena for beating the home favourite.
News credit : Indiatoday