NAOMI OSAKA & SERENA WILLIAMS
It was supposed to be a thrilling game: Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam winner, a superhero who can turn the pressure of the game with the stroke of one serve, facing [then] 20-year old Naomi Osaka, who turned pro at the age of 16 and qualified for her first Grand Slam only three years later. But following the chair umpire Carlos Ramos’ three code violations, Serena gave what she called ‘an impassioned stand against sexism’, calling Carlos a ‘liar’ and a ‘thief.’ ‘[Umpire Ramos] has never taken a game from a man because they said “thief”. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have [equality] – like [Alizé] Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous. I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person who has emotions, and who wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman. They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it is going to work out for the next person.’ Naomi went on to win the US Open, becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam final.