Osaka, 20, heard boos when she was receiving her trophy and in the moment thought they were directed at her for her win against fan-favorite Williams. And for me to say "thief" and for him to take a game?
Soon after, Williams lost her cool in a way worthy of famous tennis hothead John McEnroe.
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Billie Jean King were among those to back Williams, with the latter calling out a "double standard" in the game.
Writing in The New York Times, Navratilova - the American 18-time grand slam victor - felt that Williams had some point in her argument with the officials, but that her behaviour was inexcusable, and something which was a bad look for those watching on. The first variable is how often men and women actually commit these violations, rather than how often they get called on them.
"I feel it's really important to stand up for what you believe in, ' Serena said in reference to the U.S. Open incident".
"I am good, under the circumstances", Ramos told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.
She is also set to ink a $10 million deal with Adidas to go with the almost $4 million she took home for her U.S. Open win.
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The 23-time Grand Slam champion said Ramos' decision to dock her was sexist, noting that male players who lose their tempers on court are not always penalized as harshly. She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum. She'll also be supported in her tennis activities, including being provided Nissan vehicles for her tour destinations.
It is true that Serena's coach was trying to signal her but Serena was in fact looking at the other side of the court and did not notice. Most recently, in this year of hatred masquerading as rebellious bravery, a clueless white Australian cartoonist drew a caricature of her so grotesque that its offensiveness could be seen with the naked eye from outer space. A true champion at her best.
"There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces", Navratilova wrote.
Now there have been reports that professional umpires might consider boycotting Ms. Williams's matches. The umpire counted that as the second offence and denied her a point.
That has been the case historically, but if finally feels as if things might be changing.
Osaka, who competes at next week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, also revealed her plans to break into the top five this year - and win a shiny gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.