Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams for US Open Title

published: Sep, 08, 2018

by: Nima Naderi

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.

Nima Naderi

Founder and Creative Director of He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the,, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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