The presentation of Naomi Osaka’s first grand slam trophy was overshadowed on Saturday night by a bout of tears from the newly-crowned US Open winner, following her beaten opponent Serena Williams‘ on-court meltdown.
The trophy ceremony was met with a chorus of boos from Williams’ home US Open crowd, who had been unhappy at her treatment during the match. There is one standard for men and another standard for ladies where men feel that Woman should NOT challenge a man. When a man is challenged his prejudice allows him to hand our penalties. Should unsportman like conduct be different or should the umpire Carlos Ramos be removed for the double standard.
Williams was earlier given a game penalty after she angrily took issue with umpire Carlos Ramos and tournament referee Brian Earley late in the second set. The rarely seen game penalty was the result of three code violations for Williams, the first after she was accused of receiving in-game coaching, the second for smashing a racket, while the third and final violation was dished out after Williams launched a tirade of abuse at Ramos.
The controversial finish cast a cloud over what should have been Osaka’s shining moment. The truth is without the penalty should would not have won. Who wants to win by default.
Standing on the podium waiting to be handed her trophy and a winner’s cheque for $3.8 million, Osaka heard only boos as an angry crowd took out their frustration on Ramos, who stood to the side.
“I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” said Osaka. “I just want to say thank you for watching the match.
“My mum has sacrificed a lot for me, and it means a lot for her to come and watch my matches. She doesn’t usually come to them. All that we’re missing is my dad but he physically doesn’t watch my matches. He just walks around.
“It was also my dream to play Serena in the US Open final, and I’m really glad I was able to do that. I’m grateful I was able to play with you. Thank you.”
Williams sensed that the moment might have been spoiled for the Osaka, and tried to calm the situation, saying “I don’t want to be rude. She played well. Let’s make this the best moment we can, let’s not boo any more.”
The WTA confirmed they would “look into” what happened.
A statement read: “There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match. For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two amazing players, both of whom have great integrity.
“Naomi is a deserving champion and Serena at all times plays with class and makes us proud.”