Serena said she was proud of me - Osaka

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Seeing this, Serena furiously called the umpire "a thief", causing him to list that as the third offence, "verbal abuse".

Over the course of the fortnight, Osaka defeated Laura Siegemund, Julia Glushko, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko and 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys to claim her place in the final. But, of course, it was what happened during the match that sparked controversy, turning Osaka's first grand slam win into an nearly week-long debate, sprouting agita from all sides. The judge saw her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, flashing her signals from the stands, which is a violation whether Williams saw it or not. "This is evidence of people just not being willing to call out the truth, which is Serena cheated and got caught".

"You're just told to turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", Osaka said. "With a combination of grit and grace, Naomi Osaka is not afraid to take on the best tennis players of our time and win", said Asako Hoshino, Nissan's senior vice president, in a statement.

The incident led to scores of Williams' supporters coming to her defence but also to widespread criticism, especially on social media, of the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

Williams was given three code violations by Portuguese official Carlos Ramos in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday, with the American and critics arguing she wasn't treated the same as some male players.

However, Murray said he disagreed that umpires were more lenient towards men than women. "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right". "So, I was really happy that she said that". It made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never took a game from a man because they said thief.

Due to her stellar rise in popularity, the young athlete is also expected to land more endorsement deals in addition to her current sponsors which include Yonex, Citizen and Nissin Foods.

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A lot of people watch our games when we play Champions League and that's our job that we do the best we can do in all these games. Firmino found the back of the net very early in the game, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Strycova admitted she found it unusual when the WTA Tour and U.S. Tennis Association came out with their support of Williams.

But for now Osaka is itching to do normal stuff - like catch up with big sister Mari, who is also a professional tennis player, go shopping and eat her favourite matcha ice cream.

But much of the ensuing outrage chose to ignore Williams' claims of unfair treatment.

"When a woman is emotional, she's hysterical" and she's penalized for it.

As Williams fell apart, Osaka showed maturity by staying cool to close out her maiden Grand Slam title. The data would tend to suggest not, but that's only if you believe that men and women behave the same on court.

And so we arrive back at that platitudinous phrase: stick to sports.

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