Serena Williams found herself in a hole as she failed to capture her 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday at the US Open. Not only did she drop her first set to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, but her second set was full of controversy.
During that second set, Williams was penalized because her coach was allegedly making hand signals, which results in code violation. Chair umpire Carlos Ramos leveled a game penalty for the coaching violation, which left Williams incensed. She smashed her racket on the court, which resulted in another violation, before demanding an apology from Ramos.
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“You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life! I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her,” Williams told Ramos on the court. “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.”
Williams, fighting back tears, addresses the crowd during the post-match trophy ceremony: “Well, I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. [Osaka] played well, this is her first grand slam. I know you guys were here rooting. Let’s make this the best moment we can. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this and we’re gonna be positive. No more booing!”