Cham­pion is born

The Sunday Times - - World -

The lat­est US Open win­ner Naomi Osaka proved her­self a cham­pion by de­feat­ing Ser­ena Williams.

Osaka grew up idol­is­ing Williams. When Williams re­alised she could not de­feat Osaka with her rac­quet, she smashed it and tried to de­feat her and um­pire Car­los Ramos with her mas­sive ego. Ramos faced that ego and put Osaka’s ten­nis skills ahead of Williams’ tantrum tac­tics. A brave new ten­nis cham­pion was born that day be­cause a veteran of in­tegrity stayed strong. Osaka has a new role model for char­ac­ter and courage. MARK DYER Rock­ing­ham

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