Serena to U.S. Open umpire: 'You owe me an apology'
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 1:17
If Naomi wins the Open she will have earned another $3.8 million, and if she ends up earning the runner-up title she will have earned $1.8 million. Serena Williams was back in the finals again, but this time she will face off against Naomi Osaka in Queens, New York on Saturday.
Mari has had trouble breaking the top 100 in the singles rankings for tennis, but she has still managed to earn $49,351. "It was good that I played her because I kind of know how she plays now", Williams said.
Williams angrily responded to a code violation for coaching by telling the chair umpire that she'd "rather lose" than cheat.
She was one win away at Wimbledon before being dismantled by Germany's Angelique Kerber in the final but Williams has looked even sharper on home soil and it will take a monumental effort to stop her.
Although Williams stopped the run of games against her at five to hold for 5-2, it was Osaka who confidently served out the set in 34 minutes. She said, "This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena". The video begins by showing a clip in which an interviewer tells Serena: "A year ago, you were not here".
In an exchange that led to the game deduction, Williams said to Ramos: "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live".
She's one of several young mixed-race athletes who is challenging Japan's traditional self-image as a racially homogenous country, including sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball player Yu Darvish. "I thought I could get a break but every time she would hit an ace or a big shot", said the 23-year-old who carved out 13 break points which were all saved by the Japanese star.
Osaka, the 20th seed, is also in a first Slam semi-final - part of a history-making Japanese double along with men's semi-finalist Kei Nishikori. "You owe me an apology", she shouted.
The ensemble did not only help Williams feel like a superhero but it had a medical use as well - it prevented blood clots from forming, something she has been dealing with after the birth of Olympia.