Djokovic and Osaka win U.S. Open tennis titles
by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/10/18, 10:22 am
Novak Djokovic won his third U.S. Open men’s tennis title Sunday in New York, while in the women’s finals Saturday, Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles championship, but controversy involving her opponent, Serena Williams, overshadowed her historic victory.
Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Porto 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3, earning his 14th career Grand Slam title and his second in a row.
In the women’s match, chair umpire Carlos Ramos hit Williams with three rules violations. First, he warned her for receiving signals from her coach sitting in the stands, which Williams disputed. A few games later, Williams received a warning for smashing her racket, costing her a point and leading to more arguing with Ramos. Williams then called Ramos “a thief,” which cost her a game. Afterward, Williams charged Ramos with sexism, saying, “To lose a game for saying that is not fair. There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men, that doesn’t happen.”
The 20-year-old Osaka, who grew up as a great admirer of Williams, easily dispatched her 36-year-old opponent 6-2, 6-4.
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Mickey is executive editor of WORLD Digital. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and a dog/administrative assistant named Daisy.