Patrick Mouratoglou admits to coaching Serena during finals


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.

It was quite a moment for Osaka, earning the first major of her career at just 20 years old, and defeating her idol, Williams, to do it. Perhaps aware of the fact that the situation could overshadow a first-ever Grand Slam title for Osaka, Williams first stood up for her opponent during the trophy presentation, then for all women during her media availability.

"For me, it blows my mind", Williams said.

"You owe me an apology", she said.

US Open 2018 Final: Serena Williams smashed her racket upon getting broken in the second set.

"I felt like I shouldn't let myself be overcome by nerves or anything, and I should just really focus on playing tennis because that's what's gotten me to this point", Osaka said.

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It was filled with outbursts from Williams - who became incenthat found both she and Osaka in tears.

"There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman [sic] you're going to take this away from me?"

She said: "He took a point from me".

A relatively calm conversation on a changeover seemed to settle things down, but Williams was further infuriated when she was docked a point for a second violation after smashing her racquet in frustration at dropping serve, calling chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief".

"She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women's rights". Osaka, meanwhile, became the youngest U.S. Open women's finalist since Wozniacki in '09 and the youngest victor since Maria Sharapova in '06. "I was like, ‘Wow, I definitely dont want her to feel like that", said Williams, who missed last years U.S. Open because her daughter, Olympia, was born during the tournament.

Williams accepted it was an unfortunate position for Osaka to be put in, and said: "That's why I said (during the ceremony), "I don't want to answer the questions. I wasn't being coached".

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"(Osaka) played well, this is her first Grand Slam.

"I'm not at liberty to talk about it". "I don't cheat! I didn't get coaching. I can only go up from that match". "That's, I think, one of the key issues we'll be talking about moving forward".

"The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm", said the conservative-leaning Yomiuri, another major daily.

After a protracted argument with officials, Williams accepted her penalty-begrudgingly, to be sure-while the crowd booed loudly.

The 36-year-old Williams took umbrage with the statement, insisting that her coach simply gave her a thumbs up as a sign of support and encouragement. At the ripe age of 20, she derailed Williams' bid to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

From 1-2 in the opening set there were three successive games with chances for both players but it was Osaka who won them all.

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Asked why that was the case, she added: "Because she's Serena!" That's the moment where I try my best because I'm not an attention seeker, but I like when there's a lot of people watching my matches.