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SPORTS: Naomi Osaka makes tennis history as she wins Japan’s first tennis Singles Grand Slam – Tola Adenle

September 8, 2018

Sports, Women

At the Billie Jean Tennis Center in New York on Saturday, Osaka outplayed her idol to win the 2018 Women’s Singles, earning the land of her birth its first Women’s Tennis Singles.,.

Naomi started the match swinging, racing to a 5-1 lead before Serena’s second game win could not slow her challenger down, the set ending in an unbelievable 6-2 for the 20-year old who appeared calm and did not show signs of nerves at the storied Ashe Arena or her intimidating opponent across the net.

Despite the crowd and the noise, Osaka kept calm to even up at 3-3; two code violations by Serena gave her a 15-0 start for the next game which took her up to 4-3. It quickly became 5-3 for Osaka.

With Serena losing her cool over the code violation call and the penalty, the end appeared inevitable although the crowd digs in by giving her a lift.

Serving for the championship at 5-4, Osaka, held her serve to defeat Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4 to win the 2018 U.S. Open, her first Grand Slam victory, with definitely more to come.

Serena could not have lost to a more worthy opponent!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018. 9:47 P.M. [GMT]

 

 

UPDATED, Monday, September 10, 2018 with the following WASHINGTON POST essay on the controversial turn the match took when the Chair Umpire took active part in the match by awarding three code violation that saw Naomi serve for the match. TOLA.

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Billie Jean King: Serena is still treated differently than male athletes//The Washington Post, September 09, 2018.

The ceiling that women of color face on their path to leadership never felt more impenetrable than it did at the women’s U.S. Open final on Saturday. Ironic, perhaps, that the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed for the championship match. What was supposed to be a memorable moment for tennis, with Serena Williams, perhaps the greatest player of all time, facing off against Naomi Osaka, the future of our sport, turned into another example of people in positions of power abusing that power.

Lost in the craziness of the evening was the fact that Osaka played excellent tennis and won her first major title. Competing against her childhood idol, she summoned her A game and earned her championship — no need for any asterisk in the record book. She was the best player on the court Saturday.

But that’s not what many will remember. For fans, Osaka’s stellar play was overshadowed by an archaic tennis rule that eventually led to an abuse of power.

The cause and effect of this unsatisfactory sequence of events are pretty clear.

The cause was the inconsistent application of a rule — and the rule itself — that led to the warning that chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave to Williams for coaching coming from her player’s box: If tennis would catch up with the 21st century and allow coaching on every point, the situation on the court would never have escalated to the level of absurdity that it did. Every player, after all, still has to play the match — she has to execute on every point, and she should never be held responsible for the actions of a coach. Coaching happens all the time, at all levels of tennis. So why not just allow it?

Billie Jean King, a former world No. 1-ranked tennis player, founded the Women’s Tennis Association and is co-founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, a not-for-profit focused on fighting for equality in the workplace.
THE WASHINGTON POST

 

 

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