Naomi Osaka knocks off Serena Williams for US Open title
Serena Williams has, rightfully so, has earned the title as the best woman to ever play tennis.
That, though, didn’t faze 20-year-old Japanese phenom Naomi Osaka.
Osaka dominated Williams 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday afternoon Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City to win the U.S. Open — her first Grand Slam title. Her win also makes her the first Japanese player to win a major title.
Osaka rolled through the first set, winning five-straight games after dropping the first game early. Williams struggled to handle Osaka’s serves, and seemed to be on her heels the entire time.
Williams pulled it together and jumped to a 3-1 lead in the second set, seeming to have found her footing.
Frustration had set in, though, and after a mistake Williams slammed her racquet down after a mistake and broke it. She was assessed a warning, and then was assessed a game penalty after multiple lengthy conversations with the official, one in which she called him a “thief.”
Down 5-3, Williams came back out and dominated in the next game after meeting with the officials, sweeping Osaka to bring it to 5-4.
From that point, nearly any momentum that the 23-time Grand Slam winner had was gone. Osaka took the final game to win the set 6-4, winning her first U.S. Open.
This story will be updated with more information shortly.
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