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Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in controversy-filled US Open final - as it happened

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 8 Sep 2018

Live updates, scores and commentary on the 2018 US Open women's tennis final - Serena Williams handed coaching violation, game penalty during 2-6, 4-6 defeat to inspired Naomi Osaka in the US Open final.


*denotes next player to serve

Key events
23:08 08 Sep

Signing off

23:02 08 Sep

Osaka lifts the trophy

22:58 08 Sep

Osaka: 'I'm sorry it had to end like this.'

22:56 08 Sep

Serena tells the crowd not to boo

22:53 08 Sep

The crowd are booing

22:50 08 Sep

Nishikori congratulates Osaka

22:46 08 Sep

Mouratouglou: 'I was coaching.'

22:43 08 Sep

Osaka congratulated by her team

22:41 08 Sep

Osaka in floods of tears

22:38 08 Sep

NAOMI OSAKA WINS 6-2, 6-4

22:35 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 4-5 Osaka*

22:33 08 Sep

'Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?'

22:33 08 Sep

'Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?'

22:31 08 Sep

Serena gets a game penalty

22:30 08 Sep

'You're attacking my character'

22:27 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 3-4 Osaka* - Osaka breaks

22:25 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 3-3 Osaka - Serena demands apology from umpire

22:20 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 3-2 Osaka* - Williams serves 2 DFs, is broken & receives a point penalty

22:12 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 3-1 Osaka - Serena breaks

22:11 08 Sep

'I don't cheat.'

22:05 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 2-1 Osaka* - Serena saves break point

22:01 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 1-1 Osaka - Serena given coaching violation

21:58 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 1-0 Osaka*

21:54 08 Sep

SET Osaka 6-2

21:50 08 Sep

Serena 2-5 Osaka*

21:44 08 Sep

Serena* 1-5 Osaka - Osaka saves two break points

21:38 08 Sep

Serena 1-4 Osaka* - Osaka breaks again

21:36 08 Sep

Serena* 1-3 Osaka

21:31 08 Sep

Serena 1-2 Osaka* - Osaka breaks to 30

21:27 08 Sep

Serena* 1-1 Osaka - Osaka's turn to hold from 0-30

21:21 08 Sep

Serena 1-0* Osaka - Serena holds from 0-30

21:20 08 Sep

Serena serving to open

21:18 08 Sep

Or 1?

21:16 08 Sep

24?

21:14 08 Sep

Stream Serena vs Osaka live from New York

21:13 08 Sep

Coin toss time

21:11 08 Sep

Players (finally) taking the court!

21:10 08 Sep

Still singing

21:03 08 Sep

If you're wondering ...

20:52 08 Sep

Indoor final

20:47 08 Sep

The head-to-head

20:44 08 Sep

First-time finalist

20:40 08 Sep

It was 45 years ago today ...

20:36 08 Sep

Welcome to the women's final live blog!

Live blog

23:08 08 Sep

Signing off

I have to wrap up this live-blog here although I would love to compile some of the reactions that are flooding in, because I have to write a piece on this ...

I'll leave it with this: Naomi Osaka is the 2018 US Open champion. She earned it with her superb tennis tonight. And I'm sure it's the first of many.
23:02 08 Sep

Osaka lifts the trophy

She is the 2018 US Open women's champion, and that's what matters.
22:58 08 Sep

Osaka: 'I'm sorry it had to end like this.'

The crowd cheer for Osaka as she is announced as the champion. 

'I know that everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this,' Osaka says, crying. 

'I just want to say thank you for watching the match, thank you.' 

'It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals and I'm really glad I was able to do that.' She thanks Serena. 


22:56 08 Sep

Serena tells the crowd not to boo

Serena speaks.

Declines to answer questions, but says: 'I just want to tell you guys, she played well, this is her first Grand Slam ...' She tears up. 

'I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too but let's make this the best moment we can ... Let's not boo any more, let's be positive. Congratulations Naomi! No more booing!'

She thanks her team and calls the crowd 'the best on the world' through her tears.
22:53 08 Sep

The crowd are booing

The start of the trophy ceremony is a furious amount of booing.

Osaka hides her face and starts to cry. This is dreadful for her. I doubt she ever imagined she'd be being booed after winning her first Grand Slam. Serena puts her arm around her, tries to comfort her and make her laugh.
22:50 08 Sep

Nishikori congratulates Osaka

While all the other players are tweeting about the umpiring, Kei Nishikori has kept his focus on what matters:


22:46 08 Sep

Mouratouglou: 'I was coaching.'

In an interview with Pam Shriver, Patrick Mouratouglou: 



He also said Sascha Baijin, Osaka's coach, was coaching the whole time.
22:43 08 Sep

Osaka congratulated by her team

Osaka, who has been crying in her chair and listening to the crowd booing, goes to climb up to her player's box and gets hugs from everybody, including her mother. 

This is just heartrending, because this moment should be about the incredible tennis Osaka played and how she handled the occasion to win this title, and instead it's a total mess.
22:41 08 Sep

Osaka in floods of tears

Osaka pulls her visor down to hide her face before receiving a big hug from Serena.

Serena's still not done, though, declining to shake Carlos Ramos's hand and telling him again that she wants an apology.
22:38 08 Sep

NAOMI OSAKA WINS 6-2, 6-4

Serena is in tears. Naomi Osaka is about to serve for her US Open title.

And she starts with an absolutely brilliant point, soaking up Serena's pressure and delivering a flying forehand winner. 

Serena chases down a short angle though and returns it with a better angle of her own for 15-15. 

A service winner from the 20-year-old for 30-15. How is she getting through this? She must have ice in her veins. 

An ace for two championship points. Serena saves the first with a backhand winner for 40-30. 

NAOMI OSAKA HAS WON THE US OPEN WITH A SERVICE WINNER. 
22:35 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 4-5 Osaka*

Serena is now going to have to serve to stay in the final at 3-5. 

The actual tennis has very much become secondary, and if Osaka wins under these circumstances ...

Serena starts with a forehand winner for 15-0, and a service winner for 30-0; a serve and a forehand winner for 40-0. Serena's box are on their feet cheering for her. 

Osaka misses an off-balance second-serve return and Serena has held. Osaka is about to serve for her first Grand Slam title but Serena has gone to the side of the court to berate the referee.
22:33 08 Sep

'Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?'

Serena's in tears. 'This is not right. This is not fair. This has happened to me too many times.'

'Do you know how many men do things? This is not fair.'

The crowd are booing. 
22:33 08 Sep

'Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?'

Serena's in tears. 'This is not right. This is not fair. This has happened to me too many times.'

'Do you know how many men do things? This is not fair.'

The crowd are booing. 
22:31 08 Sep

Serena gets a game penalty

'You're a thief,' Serena tells Carlos Ramos.

And the umpire announces that she is getting a game penalty for verbal abuse. 

Neither of the players understand what's happening. They both come to the net. Serena can't believe it. She demnds the referee.
22:30 08 Sep

'You're attacking my character'

'You're never going to be on any court of mine as long as I live,' Serena tells Carlos Ramos during the change of ends. 

'You. Owe. Me. An. Apology. Say you're sorry. Say it.' 
22:27 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 3-4 Osaka* - Osaka breaks

The first point goes Williams's way, but with a short-ish ball to handle on the second, she misses it long for 15-15. 

Serena finds a gorgeous ace wide for 30-15, and the crowd howl their approval - but Serena comes out on the wrong end of a forehand duel for 30-30. 

Osaka hits an absolutely incredible backhand return down the line for break point - and she hammers a passing shot to go up a break! She's two games from the title!
22:25 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 3-3 Osaka - Serena demands apology from umpire

Carlos Ramos announces the score at 15-0 - and Serena William clearly didn't realize she had been given a point penalty. She marches to the umpire's chair and she is furious.

'You owe me an apology, I have never cheated in my life!' she tells him.

Osaka sends down a service winner for 30-0, and another for 40-0 - and an ace down the T for the game. Unbelievable serving in the midst of such drama.
22:20 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 3-2 Osaka* - Williams serves 2 DFs, is broken & receives a point penalty

So for the first time, Naomi Osaka looks human - and Serena Williams has a lifeline in this final.

It's 15-15 as an Osaka return winner is followed by a Serena service winner, and an ace down the T for 30-15 at 117mph. Serena's serving looks to be getting much better - and she double faults for 30-30. Sorry, Serena, my fault.

And she double faults again. Now that is ... unusual.

Great depth from Osaka, Serena nets her backhand, and Serena murders her racquet - and that's a point penalty after the coaching violation.
22:12 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 3-1 Osaka - Serena breaks

Williams is channeling her fury into another icy monologue to Carlos Ramos on the changeover - and into a clean second-serve return winner for 0-15, followed by an Osaka forehand shading long for 0-30. 

Osaka produces an ace wide for 15-30, and opens up space for a forehand winner for 30-30 - but she nets an attacking backhand down the line for 30-40. She hasn't been broken since the fourth round against Aryna Sabalenka - and she isn't broken there!

An outrageous 19-shot rally, Osaka pounding away to move Serena out of position and ending with a clean forehand winner down the line for deuce! 

A service winner for game point - but she pushes a forehand long for deuce again, and then nets a forehand off Serena's second-serve return for a second break point. 

An ace wide to save it - and that is the 20th consecutive break point Osaka has saved in this tournament. Can she get out of this game?

She will have to face another one as her second serve is short and nets a backhand off Serena's return - but she saves it with a service winner as the game climbs towards its eighth minute.

A fourth break point as Serena just cleans the line with a return winner - and a second-serve - and Osaka pushes her backhand long!
22:11 08 Sep

'I don't cheat.'

22:05 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 2-1 Osaka* - Serena saves break point

A new camera angle shows that Patrick Mouratouglou was gesturing for Serena to move forwards - but whether she saw it, or understood it as that, is an open question. 

Williams goes down 0-15 but levels at 15-15 as she sets up a short ball for a forehand winner, then delivers a service winner for 30-15 wide to the Osaka forehand - but Osaka moves around her backhand for a huge forehand for 30-30, then produces a brilliant return off Serena's first serve to get a wild forehand and a break point! 

Serena saves the break point, soaking up Osaka's big return and landing a drive volley which Osaka chases down but just misses for deuce. 

A spectacular rally from the baseline ends with Serena producing a tremendous backhand drop shot which was full of under-slice, and Osaka can't chase it down. Game point - and Serena converts as Osaka nets a forehand. 
22:01 08 Sep

Serena* 2-6, 1-1 Osaka - Serena given coaching violation

Naomi Osaka hasn't lost a match in 2018 when she's won the first set. 31-0.

She's quickly down 0-15 as she comes out on the wrong end of a forehand exchange, but lands a deep serve for 15-15. Serena gives the baseline a long look, but doesn't challenge.

A genuinely unforced error from Serena off the backhand gives Osaka 30-15 - Serena just can't quite seem to consistently grasp the pace that she's getting from the Japanese-American player - and Osaka is up 40-15 as she reads Serena's second-serve return and counters beautifully with her forehand. 

Serena is given a coaching violation and she is furious, delivering an icy monologue to the umpire ending with, 'I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose.' 

If she had a mic, she'd have dropped it. 

And she wins the next point as Osaka is yanked in to the net, with Serena swiftly improvising a backhand pass winner. 

Osaka holds, though.
21:58 08 Sep

Serena 2-6, 1-0 Osaka*

So. Serena Williams down a set in a Grand Slam final. What's going to happen next?

For at least the second time in the match, she catches her ball toss, but delivers a service winner for 15-0 nonetheless. She's forced into scrapping desperately on the next point as Osaka hits a defensive lob which catches the very back of the baseline to reset the point, and caught in two minds, she pushes her backhand wide for 15-15.

But Serena pulls out two great serves to the Osaka forehand for 40-15 - and a third for the game.
21:54 08 Sep

SET Osaka 6-2

Osaka starts off with a service winner, but Serena reads her next delivery to the backhand well and sizzles it back on to the younger woman's shoelaces, forcing a backhand error into the net for 15-15. 

Osaka comes up with a service winner wide for 30-15, and an excellent second serve down the T gives her two set points. Very surprised that Williams did not make that return. 

And a service winner to the body for Osaka!
21:50 08 Sep

Serena 2-5 Osaka*

Her fourth double fault sees Serena down 0-30, and she's landing less than 50% of her first serves at this point, but Osaka slightly lets her off the hook with a missed return for 15-30, and nets a forehand for 30-30 (another point where Serena could not find her first serve). 

Osaka frames a return to her forehand and Serena has game point - converted as Osaka nets a backhand return on the second serve. Just a couple loose errors from the Japanese player there. 
21:44 08 Sep

Serena* 1-5 Osaka - Osaka saves two break points

Osaka once again goes down 0-15, and she looks like she's about to go down 0-30 - only to snuff out Serena's net approach by whipping a forehand cross-court pass on the run that Serena applauds.

Serena does get to 15-30 though as she absolutely hammers a forehand winner down the line and gives it a 'COME ON!', but she just misses a ferocious cross-court return for 30-30.

Serena has her first break point as she works Osaka out wide with a sizzling backhand and polishes off a drive volley for 30-40 - but Osaka responds by slamming down an 117mph ace. 

Serena returns a body serve deep down the middle to force an Osaka error for a second break point - but a short, rattling exchange of groundstrokes sees Williams bury a backhand in the net for deuce.

Serena's second-serve return just shades long to give up game point, and Osaka lands a service winner out wide to lead 5-1. 
21:38 08 Sep

Serena 1-4 Osaka* - Osaka breaks again

Serena is swiftly up 30-0 as she gets a short return to polish off with a winner, but she tries the maneouvre Osaka has used with so much success so far - dropping low to the backhand to avoid giving up court position - and sends it wide for 30-15, before a double fault for 30-30. 

That's Serena's third double fault of the match so far and it seems like the American is just a little unsure of how to approach this. 

Osaka comes out on top of a baseline rally to give herself a point for a double break - and that's exactly what she gets as Serena, on top of the point, snatches at a backhand and buries it in the net. 
21:36 08 Sep

Serena* 1-3 Osaka

It's been a very, very confident start from Osaka, and although she drops the first point, she again drops the knee to the court to soak up pressure on her backhand wing and return it down the line for the error to level at 15-15, before a forehand winner down the line for 30-15. 

She's ready for the Williams return and sends it right back with added mustard for game point, and seals the hold with an ace. 
21:31 08 Sep

Serena 1-2 Osaka* - Osaka breaks to 30

Well, the early signs are promising for quite a contest. 

Serena Williams with a service winner for 15-0, but misses off the back foot thanks to the Osaka weight of shot for 15-15. 

Osaka, who is returning the Williams second serve from up on the baseline, can't handle the Williams second shot for 30-15, but levels at 30-30 after an extraordinary rally which has the crowd screaming throughout until Osaka whips a forehand cross-court to elicit the error. 

Osaka has her first break point as Serena's forehand sails long off a deep return ... and Serena double-faults.
21:27 08 Sep

Serena* 1-1 Osaka - Osaka's turn to hold from 0-30

Osaka is immediately attacked for 0-15 as Serena's injection of pace catches her off-balance - and now it's her turn to go down 0-30 in her first service game with a double fault. Can she dig herself out of trouble as Serena did?

The first-time finalist finds her first serve for the first time for 15-30, and then wins a backhand-to-backhand duel for 30-30.

Tremendous depth from the Osaka forehand moves Serena around to get her to game point - and she closes out the game with a forehand winner after soaking up the Serena depth and pace by dropping her knee to the court on the backhand. 
21:21 08 Sep

Serena 1-0* Osaka - Serena holds from 0-30

Well, that's a rally to start us off. 

Serena with a second serve to kick off a lengthy backhand-to-backhand exchange which ends when the American goes long down the line for 0-15, followed by a double-fault for 0-30.

Serena still hasn't found a first serve, but Osaka incautiously opens up the court with a forehand angle and Serena immediately smokes an 89mph forehand winner down the line for 15-30 - and an ace for 30-30.

A short return is polished off swiftly by the Serena forehand for game point - but Osaka with a deep backhand return off Serena's second serve gets an error for deuce. 

Ace no. 2 brings up game point, and Serena attacks the net to hold.
21:20 08 Sep

Serena serving to open

A win today would make Serena Williams the oldest Grand Slam singles champion in the Open Era. And here we go with the six-time winner serving to open the match. 
21:18 08 Sep

Or 1?

Make no mistake, Naomi Osaka is up against it tonight. 

She's dropped just one set on the way to her first Grand Slam final, knocking out the 2017 finalist Madison Keys and stopping the red-hot run of Aryna Sabalenka.

She's got the weapons to take it to Williams, but can she rise to the occasion instead of being flattened by it? 
21:16 08 Sep

24?

Serena Williams has dropped just one set on the way to the final, against Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round.

She was tremendous against Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals, and won 12 of the last 13 games after trailing 0-2 to Anastasija Sevastova.

She's 23-8 in Grand Slam finals, and she's already had the experience of playing one since she came back from maternity leave. 

The crowd are wholeheartedly on her side ... greatness awaits.
21:14 08 Sep

Stream Serena vs Osaka live from New York

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21:13 08 Sep

Coin toss time

Billie Jean King presiding over the coin toss.

Serena wins and elects to serve.
21:11 08 Sep

Players (finally) taking the court!

Here they come - first Naomi Osaka, earbuds securely in her ears, followed by Serena Williams, who pushes her Beats by Dre back from her ears to hear the huge roar from the crowd - at least one of whom is waving a sign saying '24'. 

History awaits. The US Open title awaits. I'm so excited.
21:10 08 Sep

Still singing

I don't know what to tell you. Could we interrupt this concert with some tennis please?
21:03 08 Sep

If you're wondering ...

... Why you're not seeing any tennis yet, it's because someone called *consults notes* Deborah Cox is singing 'I'm Every Woman' on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
20:52 08 Sep

Indoor final

The roof will be closed for the women's final thanks to pouring rain and plenty of wind in Flushing Meadows.

That probably favours Serena - but we'll see. 
20:47 08 Sep

The head-to-head

It doesn't tell us very much - Serena and Osaka have met just once, and that was in March at the Miami Open when Osaka, fresh from winning her first title at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, beat Serena 6-3, 6-2. 

But that was just Serena's fourth match after 15 months out of competition and becoming a mother, giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia last September. 

This will be quite a different story tonight. 

Our own Leye Aduloju has been looking at how the match might unfold - and broken it down by the numbers as well
20:44 08 Sep

First-time finalist

Naomi Osaka isn't just 16 years younger than Serena Williams - she's also on the wrong side of a huge gulf in experience when it comes to handling occasions like this. 

Can she learn anything from history? We look back at how other first-time finalists have fared against Serena.
20:40 08 Sep

It was 45 years ago today ...

... That Sergeant Pepper told the band to play Margaret Court won her 24th major title at the US Open. 

That's the achievement Serena Williams is trying to emulate today - in addition to becoming the Open Era leader in US Open titles won (she's currently tied with Chris Evert with six). 
20:36 08 Sep

Welcome to the women's final live blog!

There are just about 30 minutes to go before the players take the court for the US Open women's final and I don't know about you, but for those of us who are me, the excitement level is HIGH. 

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, 16 years between them but both bidding for personal and national history - Williams to win her first title as a mother and to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles, Osaka out to bring a Grand Slam title home to Japan and elevate her career, which has always seemed like incipient stardom, to a whole new level.

It's ... exciting. Bring it on!


History, both personal, sport-wide and national, beckons for both combatants as Serena Williams takes on Naomi Osaka in the women's final at the 2018 US Open on Saturday. 

The match, which begins at 4pm local/9pm BST and will be broadcast live from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, New York, sees six-time champion Williams going for her seventh US Open title while new Japanese-American star Osaka tries to break into the ranks of Grand Slam champions for the first time.

Williams is currently tied with Chris Evert for the most US Open singles titles won in the Open Era and could move clear of Evert to become the solitary record holder if she wins a seventh title on Saturday. It would also be Williams's 24th overall Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court's all-time record for major titles - and Court won 13 of her titles during the amateur era before professional tennis began with the Open Era in 1968.

It would also be a hugely significant personal milestone for Williams - her first major title since becoming a mother. It has been just over a year since Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, a delivery that was attended by life-threatening complications and saw the American go through multiple surgeries. Williams has been open about the ups and downs and the unexpected challenges of her comeback from maternity leave to professional tennis and was upset when she lost to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final in July, saying that she wanted to win it to inspire other mothers. 

Two months on, Williams seems much fitter and she has played some brilliant tennis on her way to her ninth US Open final, dropping just one set - against Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round - and delivering clinical victories over sister Venus in the third round, Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals and Anastasija Sevastova in the semifinals, when she won 12 of the last 13 games. Williams has a 23-7 record in Grand Slam finals, and a 6-2 record in US Open finals, but she has lost three of the last five she played.

For first-time finalist Naomi Osaka, a victory would hardly be less meaningful. The 20-year-old Osaka has been tipped as a star of the future since she first came to widespread attention as a 16-year-old, but it's in 2018 that she has really blossomed, breaking into the top 20 for the first time after her superb run to the Indian Wells title when she beat Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova before defeating Daria Kasatkina in the final. Osaka had never been as far as the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam before this fortnight, and she openly wept after beating the red-hot New Haven champion Aryna Sabalenka in three sets in the round of 16, but her quarterfinal and semifinal victories over Lesia Tsurenko and Madison Keys were all business, with the youngster showcasing her improved movement and impressive composure to back up her booming serve and powerful groundstrokes.

Osaka is trying to become Japan's first female Grand Slam champion - and there would be some poetry to her doing it by defeating Williams. Osaka's Haitian father, Leonard Francois, modelled his programme of trying to turn his two daughters, Naomi and her elder sister Mari, into tennis champions on what Richard Williams did with Serena and Venus and Osaka openly idolises Williams, naming her - along with her mother, her sister and Beyonce - as one of the women that inspire her. 

Williams and Osaka have met just once, and Osaka was the winner 6-3, 6-2 - but that was in Miami in March and just the fourth match Williams had played after a 15-month absence from competition. Their meeting in the final of the US Open is sure to be a very different affair. Can Osaka manage her nerves and challenge her idol?

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