Japan’s first ever grand slam winner, Naomi Osaka insists American favourite, Serena Williams’ row with the umpire during their US Open final did not alter her feelings about winning the title.
Osaka’s breakthrough triumph in New York was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000 (£12,975).
Last Saturday, the 20-year-old Osaka was in tears during the trophy presentation ceremony at Flushing Meadows, but says she was not affected by Serena’s outburst largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react.
On her arrival back in Japan on Thursday, Osaka said she was not worried by the incident, adding: “For me, I don’t feel sad because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel. Because
“It was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.”