Naomi Osaka heading a 'new generation'

Former number one Serena Williams lost the final of the US Open against Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4, but the American hit the headlines for claiming the umpire was sexist.

This left Ramos with no choice but to hand out a game penalty, meaning Williams was on serve but Osaka was just one game away from history.

In a cascade of events Williams was issued a code violation for racquet abuse after giving back a service break in the second set. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know", she told Ramos. "We don't have any code, and I know that you don't know that and I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not".

Williams was penalized a game by the chair umpire for an argument in which she called him a thief.

After the game, Williams said Ramos had never deducted a game from a male tennis player for calling him a thief.

"I've seen other men call other umpirs several things", she said.

However, the abiding memory of the contest will be the remarkable rants Williams directed towards Ramos following a series of code violations.

'I didn't get coaching, I didn't get coaching.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it".

Serena Williams insisted she was not cheating in the US Open final on Saturday (Sept 8), before accusing the sport which has made her a global icon and multi-millionaire of sexism. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.

Two-time Australian Open champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka backed up Williams' stance, writing on Twitter: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this". Asderaki ruled the point wasn't over and so awarded it to Stosur, saying Williams hindered her opponent's ability to complete the exchange.

Though she seemed dead in the water and probably was not coming back, Williams got penalized a point and then a game by Ramos.

In her post-match interview, Williams was asked how she would explain "what happened out there tonight" and how she could have "handled it differently" to her daughter-a question players like McEnroe were never asked about their children.

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals", she added, turning to Williams herself. She continued to yell at the chair umpire several times about the initial penalty.

The presentation ceremony began with more booing from the crowd before a tearful Williams said, to wild cheers: "I don't want to be rude".

This was the third high-profile conflict with an official for Williams at Flushing Meadows, following her infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a dispute over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.

Osaka reflected on the moment after the match when she returned to her seat and put a towel over her head as the ceremonial stage was being assembled. "I was like, 'Wow, this is not how I felt when I won my first Grand Slam.' I definitely don't want her to feel like that".

  • Jacqueline Ellis