Naomi Osaka: An endearing champion on- and off-court

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Serena Williams of the US talks to chair umpire after a code violation for coaching while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The umpire initially handed Williams a coaching violation before docking her a point, and after the 36-year-old labelled Ramos a "thief", he docked her a game in a dramatic second set. That last violation incurred a game penalty for Williams, an extraordinarily rare action for Ramos to take in a Grand Slam final.

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

From there, Williams summoned the tournament referee to the court and said male tennis players were not punished for similar offences.

Williams refused to shake hands with Ramos after the match and accused him of sexism in her post-match press conference.

Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on, he said.

"I feel for Osaka who should have been able to celebrate her first GS [sic] win without the negativity and drama".

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But Tiley declined to criticise the 23-times grand slam champion.

The tennis superstar was docked a game for insulting the umpire after she called him "a liar" and "a thief" in an angry tirade on Saturday. The suggestion of one columnist that Ramos' position in a high chair during the match was itself a symbol of entrenched privilege overlooks the very reason for such positioning: the official is required to have a perspective on the match that the committed competitors can not. She defeated former World No. 1 and her idol Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.

In the New York Times, Christopher Clarey described Osaka's performance as "one of the finest matches ever played by a youngster in her position". So I say It's time we put the spotlight where it truly belongs. "She is at the forefront of the next generation in women's tennis, someone possessing quite a mixture of powerful serve and strokes, enviable court speed and a preternatural calm". During the U.S. Open, a female player, Alize Cornet, was admonished by a chair umpire for changing her shirt during a match, though men often do.

After going from goofball to Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka can follow her historic US Open triumph by becoming Japan's first world number one, predicts Japanese tennis great Kimiko Date. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard.

I think Serena overreacted, I think that outburst was unwarranted and I can't help but think that a lot of it had to do with the heat that was coming from the other side of the net.

Williams was fined $17,000 for code violations during the game. It's hard to generalise things, really.