After defeating Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday and sailing into the final of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams walked off the Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl, then waited to find out who she will play in Saturday's final.
Williams was handed multiple controversial penalties in the match, including one that cost her a game and put Osaka up, 5-3, in the second (and final) set.
Afterwards, Williams said Ramos had never taken a game from a man for calling him a thief and referenced Alize Cornet being given a code violation for changing her shirt on court earlier in the tournament as an another example of double standards within the game.
Williams never expressed any doubt that she would return to the game following the birth of her daughter Olympia last September, but that seemed an awfully long way away when she developed life-threatening complications.
"I didn't receive coaching", she screamed at Ramos. Osaka never let Williams back-and-forth with Ramos distract her, never wavered from playing terrific tennis.
"I didn't get coaching".
"She made a lot of shots", Williams said. "I get the rules but I'm just saying that it's not right", Serena said to supervisor Brian Earley.More news: Duterte apologises for cursing Obama
"Serena came to the bench and told me she had a point penalty and when she got the game penalty I didn't know that either", added Osaka.
Serena Williams has begun play in her 31st career Grand Slam final, and Naomi Osaka her first. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.
Canadian fan Vince Degiorgio, who lives in Ontario with his Japanese wife, said that Osaka's win "will be an inspiration to not only Japanese female tennis players, but all kids of mixed race people in Japan who strive to show pride in their heritage".
Williams reacted angrily, telling Ramos she doesn't cheat.
"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". I had a good conversation with him: 'You know my character. All in all, it's unfortunate Osaka's victory will be overshadowed by this controversy.
Standing on the podium waiting to be handed her trophy and a winner's cheque for $US3.8 million ($NZ5.8 million), Osaka heard only boos as an angry crowd took out their frustration on Ramos, who stood to the side.
But Williams handled the moment with astounding grace, instructing the crowd to stop their booing, and instead embrace Osaka asking those in attendance to celebrate her victory.
What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself. I don't even (normally) call for on-court coaching.
Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the U.S. Open final when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a right knee injury. "I should just try to play her as an opponent".