I didn't know what was happening, says Osaka

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Serena Williams cited Tiger Woods as an inspiration after reaching the final of the US Open with a demolition of Anastasija Sevastova at Flushing Meadows.

The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first Slam victor, but instead Williams' argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.

Ramos first warned Williams over being coached from her box by Patrick Mouratoglou, which prompted the American tennis star to confront him and demand an apology claiming she would rather lose than cheat.

Williams vehemently denied she was cheating on-court in the final, before slamming referee Carlos Ramos of sexism. "You will never ever ever be on anther court of mine as long as you live". The ensuing penalties would first cost her a point, and then a game. She knew how to play tennis. "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her. I'm just letting you know", a fired-up Williams told the umpire at Flushing Meadows in NY. "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".

Williams hasn't won the U.S. Open since 2014 and hasn't won anywhere since the 2017 Australian Open, when while pregnant she became the oldest Grand Slam female champion at 35. "I got a little emotional out there because past year I was literally fighting for my life in the hospital". I just feel like I've gotten more confidence in myself.

Now, 19 years later, she will try to become the first Japanese woman to win a grand slam singles title.

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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. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.

Billie Jean King, the namesake of the tennis center where the U.S. Open is now played, fought for prize parity in the '70s. Williams then slammed her racket to the ground in frustration and was assessed a second violation from Ramos that resulted in a point loss.

"There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they're a man, that doesn't happen to them".

"You are attacking my character", she continued on.

"But I've seen other men call other umpires several things".

Osaka's moment of making history came on the day of weird events which may reduce her victory to be a footnote in what what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows.

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It was another dominant start for the 20-year-old native of Japan, who has dropped just one set en route to her first Grand Slam final.

"Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine".

Serena's coach Mouratoglou later admitted to host broadcaster ESPN: "I'm honest".

Williams appeared close to tears in her on-court interview and reflected on the reasons for that in her news conference.

Williams could face further sanctions for her actions on Saturday against Osaka, the WTA issuing a statement that they will be looking into the incident.

Osaka insisted she had not been aware of all the drama, saying: "I didn't really hear anything because I had my back turned, so I didn't really know there was anything going on at the moment". It's "the largest payout in U.S. Open history", according to a news release.

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