Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after match point against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) in a women's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Williams then was docked a point after receiving a second code violation for smashing her racquet, which brought about another angry rant from the 36-year-old.
Williams lost to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon, but has hit a higher level in NY, her latest outstanding display leading to a 6-3 6-0 victory over Sevastova.
And as for how those dreams ended: "I don't dream to lose, so..."
Osaka said: "It's really cool that I was able to play her so early". The 6-2, 6-4 win was deserved but was made controversial due to the second set in which Serena and the chair umpire Carlos Ramos had an argument with the American going into a meltdown.
Williams reacted furiously to Ramos" call - despite her coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitting he was sending a signal down to her - saying "It was not coaching.
Williams came into the match carrying a 2-7 record when losing the first set in a Grand Slam final.
Osaka, the first Japanese man or woman to score a Grand Slam singles trophy, could hardly enjoy this career milestone because of how the match unfolded. "I've never cheated, and you owe me an apology", she yelled.
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"I have always said it... not to allow the players to express their feelings is stupid, I mean it's not a big deal breaking rackets".
Osaka and Williams have played against each other once before, at Miami in March, and it was the Japanese upstart who used her formidable power to topple her idol in straight sets.
Williams will turn 37 later this month and remains unsure whether she'll fully get back to the player she was before her recent health scares. "That's, I think, one of the key issues we'll be talking about moving forward".
Tournament officials announced that because of a high probability of rain from the afternoon through evening, the roofs at Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadium had been closed and would stay that way for the remainder of Saturday's play. Mattek-Sands has also won mixed doubles Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and the French Open.
Murray and Mattek-Sands received $155,000 for winning the championship.
But even if it's not Saturday, she believes it will happen.
Williams suffered life-threatening complications after the birth on September 1 of past year, requiring four surgeries to deal with blood clots.
Her remarks in the media conference were echoed by an overwhelming amount of fans on social media, mostly in her favour. Will this match be remembered for Osaka's victory, or will it forever be overshadowed by Williams' actions?