On September 8th, Arthur Ashe Stadium held the US Open Women’s Tennis Final. The last two contestants were Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams, which made her the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam Final. After the match, there were still many discussions about what had happened during the match, with Serena Williams’ actions dominating the discussion.
During the match, Serena Williams was given penalties from the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos. The first penalty was given during play; Ramos had given her the penalty for receiving coaching during the match. Serena Williams replied to Ramos saying that she has never cheated before and that she doesn’t cheat to win, she would rather lose instead. Also, she included her daughter in the conversation, making sure he understood that she does not cheat.
The second penalty was a point penalty given when Serena Williams smashed her racket on the ground. The response Williams gave was not a positive one. Serena called Ramos a thief for stealing a point from her, but the match continued.
Through the next couple of games, Serena kept talking back to the umpire, continuing to call him a “thief.” Because of this, he gave her another penalty for verbal abuse, causing her to lose a game.
With each penalty given, Serena Williams spoke up about her feelings to Ramos, with some calling it an outburst, and others calling it standing up for herself. This sparked the debate of whether sexism came into play, as other players, or specifically male players, do worse things during matches, but don’t get called out for their conduct. The attention was also given to how Carlos Ramos handled things, with many disagreeing with what he did, though others agreed and said that his decisions were reasonable.
With all the things that happened, many believed that Naomi Osaka’s win was overshadowed by the drama that happened on court. Many can agree that Naomi Osaka played well and was respected for being able to stay calm during the match even with Serena Williams’ actions. During the winning ceremony, many boos were heard, causing Naomi Osaka to hide her face as tears came up. Even so, Naomi Osaka celebrated her first Grand Slam well.