A 20-year-old with a Haitian father and Japanese mother Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open to become the first Grand Slam champion from Japan, beating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 after the American was penalized one game for a third code violation.
Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, the third leading to an automatic loss of a game in the second set.
“I don’t cheat,” Williams told the umpire during the argument. “I didn’t get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I didn’t get coaching. You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter, and I stand with what’s right for her.”
Osaka, a 20-year-old with a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. She ended Williams’ attempt at a record-tying 24th major title.