'Mother of all meltdowns' at US Open final

Williams Keys hoping to make it an American US Open final

Williams Keys hoping to make it an American US Open final

Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

However, as she struggled to keep pace with Osaka - who came into the match with a stunning 31-0 winning record this season when taking the first set - Williams was handed a point penalty for breaking her racquet. "I mean, he's never taken a game from a man because he said thief". But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal - like Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. "Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she yelled at officials. This is not fair.

'I will say it again, if it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again.

After Osaka broke for a 4-3 lead Williams continued her verbal assault on Ramos, who docked her a game for a third violation that put Osaka up 5-3. "More voices are needed to do the same".

"I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", she said. "I know that she was frustrated about the way the match played out, but the way she stepped up after the final and gave full credit to Naomi for a match well-played speaks volumes about who she is".

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it". "I love you (Serena)".

Osaka indeed made history for Japan but the final will be remembered as much - if not more - for Williams clashing with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Reacting angrily, she then picked up a further code violation for verbal abuse after branding the umpire as a "liar" and a "thief".

But, Serena, the six-time US Open Champion got bashed on Twitter by cricketer AB de Villiers for robbing Naomi from her moment of glory. But as you'll see, Williams was the architect of her own demise... But then when I hugged her at the net.

"She was so focused", the 36-year-old Williams said.

Last month, Williams black catsuit caused a stir at the French Open with the President of the tennis tournament asking Serena to "respect the game and the place" and banning the suit altogether. "I just want to tell you guys that she played well, and this is her first Grand Slam".

Williams was adamant in her post-match press conference that she had not received any coaching advice despite Mouratoglou's claims that he had signalled her from the box, and she had no regrets as she believed she "stood up for what she believed in and stood up for what was right".

Some social media users urged male tennis players to back Serena Williams.

"I felt like if I could break, maybe I could get back into it", Keys said. Viewers also offered an outpouring of sympathy for Osaka, whose first Grand Slam win is tied up in the controversy. Later, at the trophy ceremony, waves of boos erupted and 20-year-old Osaka quickly pulled down her visor and wept.

"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today", she said.

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