US Open—New York, New York
No. 20 seed Naomi Osaka defeated No. 17 seed Serena Williams at the US Open on Saturday, claiming her first Grand Slam title by a 6-2, 6-4 scoreline.
The match, which was largely played under dramatic scenes, saw Williams receive numerous code violations from chair umpire Carlos Ramos throughout the second set.
Williams, who lost to Osaka earlier this year in easy fashion at the Miami Open, found similar difficulty against her younger opponent during today’s encounter. Osaka, who hit six aces, won 76 percent of her first serve points and broke serve on four occasions, needed one hour and 19 minutes to claim the biggest title of her career.
Williams, who was aiming to tie Margret Court’s record of 24 Major titles, also lost in the Wimbledon final earlier this Summer to Angelique Kerber.
Osaka will be ranked No. 7 in the world on Monday as a result of her victory. The Japanese champion also took home $3.8 million for her victory.