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Social media reacts to Serena Williams' fiery outburst during U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 9 Sep 2018
  • Naomi Osaka won her first major title at the U.S. Open, but unfortunately that isn't the primary talking point
  • Serena Williams was given a game penalty after smashing her racquet and launching a series of verbal tirades towards umpire Carlos Ramos
Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka’s historic U.S. Open title was overshadowed amid highly controversial scenes as Serena Williams was handed a game penalty by umpire Carlos Ramos - read on below as we outline the reaction from tennis players and pundits on social media.

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The final descended into chaos at the start of the second set as Ramos gave Williams a code violation warning for coaching after Patrick Mouratoglou - Serena’s coach - was seen making hand movements, which was ultimately deemed as a signal towards the American to make adjustments.

You can check out the video below and the subsequent admission from Mouratoglou admitting he was coaching - but also declaring that every player is coached during the match and that this was the first time he had ever been warned in his career.





“I’m honest, I was coaching," Mouratoglou told ESPN. "I don’t think [Serena] looked at me, so that’s why she didn’t think I was (coaching). But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches on 100 percent of the matches. So we have to stop this hypocrite thing. “[Osaka’s coach] was coaching every point too.”

Williams was then given a point penalty for smashing her racquet after being broken by Osaka, but neither player was aware of the punishment until Ramos called the score as 15-0 at the start of the next game, with Osaka serving at 2-3 in the second set. Williams was livid with the decision and said - ‘You owe me an apology, I have never cheated in my life' - clearly still fuming about the coaching warning, while moments later she continued her verbal tirade towards Ramos, branding him a ‘thief’ and ‘liar’ and declaring he would never umpire another match of hers.




Ramos responded by docking Williams a game penalty for verbal abuse and from there she never recovered as Osaka served out the match to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. But, unfortunately, the story of the final was the controversy surrounding Williams - here’s how social media reacted:























Williams, on the verge of tears as she protested against the game penalty to no avail, was unable to work her way back into the match as Osaka showcased maturity beyond her 20 years to close out her first major triumph in clinical fashion.

In completely unfair scenes, Osaka wasn't allowed to truly embrace her moment in the sun as the crowd booed during the presentation ceremony, still irate at what transpired. To her credit, Serena consoled and comforted Osaka throughout the presentation and implored the spectators inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to stop booing.



"I just want to tell you guys that she played well," Serena said. This is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting, too. But let's make this the best moment we can. Let's give everyone the credit where credit's do. No more booing anymore. We're going to get through this and stay positive. Congratulations Naomi. No more booing."

Osaka, who even felt the need to apologise during her acceptance speech, was full of praise for her idol despite the controversial finish to the final.

“It was always my dream to play Serena Williams in the final." She then turned to her "idol" to thank her and said, "I’m really grateful I was able to play with you."


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Social media reacts to Serena Williams' fiery outburst during U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka

Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka’s historic U.S. Open title was overshadowed amid highly controversial scenes as Serena Williams was handed a game penalty by umpire Carlos Ramos - read on below as we outline the reaction from tennis players and pundits on social media.

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