Serena Williams: 'You're a liar and a thief'

Serena Williams: 'You're a liar and a thief'

Williams may have been referring to the US Open in 2009, when she received a point penalty against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals - deemed to have verbally abused a linesperson - and was called for hindrance for yelling during a point in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.

"Of course it feels a little bit surreal", she said.

Fans booed the start of the US Open presentation ceremony, outraged at seeing Serena Williams lose in freakish circumstances. "I have never cheated in my life". I don't know how to explain it. "She deserved credit, she deserved to win". Williams challenged Ramos and earned a third violation that came with a game penalty to put Osaka up 5-3 in the second set.

"I feel like he is on his way back", Williams said.

The cash is sure to boost Osaka's already rising status in the tennis world.

"Her Japanese isn't that good, right?" "This is her first Grand Slam".

"Ill tell her, first of all, if she sees it, that, you know, I stood up for what I believed in". Stop booing because she doesn't deserve it.

There have been other debutant winners this season-Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open and Simona Halep at Roland Garros-but those victories felt more like culminations.

Just before the U.S. Open, the French tennis federation president said that the black catsuit worn this year by Williams at the French Open would not be allowed at that tournament in the future. For Osaka, this is just a beginning.

"I know that everyone was cheering for her", Osaka told the crowd, "and Im sorry it had to end like this".


Osaka carved out two break points and although Keys saved the first one, she forced an error on the American's forehand to take a 3-2 lead. Even as the second set descended into mayhem, she remained calm. "I really hope to play here again, it's been a tough year but thank you so much".

Both were inspired by the Williams sisters and both are known for the same power game. Williams won the next two points, but then double faulted twice consecutively. She saved five of six break points. A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2 6-4. And that's when she called him a "thief", prompting a code violation for verbal abuse.

As the pro-Williams crowed booed the trophy ceremony announcer, Osaka was tearing up herself, but Williams urged the spectators to show the young champion respect.

The WTA said Williams and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both have "great integrity".

Osaka chose to represent Japan though she could have played for Haiti - her dad is Haitian - or the United States. There was no dramatic fall to the ground or raise of the arms. For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two wonderful players, both of whom have great integrity. "I mean I don't think she looked at me so that's why she didn't even think I was but I was like 100 percent of the coaches on [sic] 100 percent of the matches".

About the match, Serena said: "I know how to volley, I usually come in just to shake hands..."

The chair umpire's management of the match, and whether Williams deserved to be assessed a game penalty for calling him a "thief", have so far overshadowed Saturday's result. "And so looking at this in the context of the game of tennis and the history of tennis, Serena is absolutely right to say that men could get away with it and women could not". He punished her a game.

The Asahi newspaper described how Osaka's unpretentious, sometimes humorous responses in post-match interviews and news conferences have won over spectators and journalists alike. Williams quickly tried to squash that ridiculous notion, but the ump continued to make accusations, and now we have plenty of entertaining audio from it all.

"Lets give everyone the credit where credit is due". We'll get through it. Let's not boo anymore...

Not everyone was on Williams' side, however. It was her moment.

Related Articles

  • Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

    Gov. Cooper issues emergency orders in advance of storm to help farmers

    Helene is within 300 miles from the islands and its tropical storm conditions are expected to begin impacting them Saturday night. The expectation is that a powerful hurricane will approach the mid-East Coast of the US next Wednesday or Thursday.
    India, US seal defence pact

    India, US seal defence pact

    Swaraj said both the sides also agreed on working together towards entry of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political and foreign-policy interests in deepening United States ties are clear.
    Syria's War: Warplanes hit Idlib targets as fears of battle mount

    Syria's War: Warplanes hit Idlib targets as fears of battle mount

    But Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday signaled strikes could be extended to Iraq if necessary. President Donald Trump warned Syria in a tweet Monday evening not to " recklessly attack" attack Idlib .
  • Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

    Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

    The US has imposed $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods with another $200 billion in the final stages. USA stocks erased gains after Trump's remarks.
    N. Korea Reiterates Calls for Formally Ending Korean War

    N. Korea Reiterates Calls for Formally Ending Korean War

    Impoverished and isolated North Korea has prioritised its nuclear weapons, achieving remarkable success in recent years. The planned inter-Korean summit follows Trump's cancellation of a visit to Pyongyang by U.S.
    North Korean hacker charged with Sony, WannaCry attacks

    North Korean hacker charged with Sony, WannaCry attacks

    Park is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The attacks are alleged to have been carried out from North Korea, China and other countries.
  • Elon Musk smokes marijuana during podcast

    Elon Musk smokes marijuana during podcast

    In July he shocked investors by announcing on Twitter that he had funding secured to take his vehicle firm Tesla private. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in the state of California, although it's still illegal federally.
    Brexit BOMBSHELL: France REJECTS Chequers plan throwing exit talks into CHAOS

    Brexit BOMBSHELL: France REJECTS Chequers plan throwing exit talks into CHAOS

    Mr Barnier's objections to the plan were underlined during a meeting with the Brexit committee of UK MPs on Monday. He said that the real "scandal" was "not that we have failed, but that we have not even tried" on Brexit.
    Anti-LGBTQ Former Senator Jon Kyl Named as McCain's Replacement

    Anti-LGBTQ Former Senator Jon Kyl Named as McCain's Replacement

    That seat in particular has been held by two men who were heralded as giants of the Senate: McCain took the seat once held by Sen. Despite the short window, Kyl will likely be able to vote for Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee.
  • Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

    Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

    Woods made four birdies and an eagle and by all accounts looks really good after his first nine holes of the day. After beginning the day tied for the lead, Woods fell to a tie for 10th five behind leader Xander Schauffele .
    OPEC oil output hits 2018 high

    OPEC oil output hits 2018 high

    A second phase of sanctions targeting Iran's crucial oil industry and banking sector will be reinstated on November 5. United States light crude traded at $70.60 a barrel by 7.45am GMT, up 80c from its close on August 31.
    Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make Federation Internationale de Football Association  player of the year shortlist

    Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year shortlist

    However, his £100 million move to the Old Lady seems to have made Juve favourites to win the European elite club competition. He was also instrumental in Croatia's campaign, taking them to the finale of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation .