Images of tennis icon Serena Williams throughout her career and time in the public eye.
She’s now the champion of the U.S. Open but who is Naomi Osaka, the tennis player who beat Serena Williams in the finals?
Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Osaka Saturday during the U.S. Open women’s singles final -- $4,000 for receiving coaching, $3,000 for racket abuse and $10,000 for verbal abuse, ESPN reported.
Williams had asked for an apology after being given a warning by chair umpire Carlos Ramos. He said Williams received coaching during her Grand Slam match. She took issue with the allegations and called Ramos a thief during an argument.
Williams then smashed her racket later in the match after she had a bad game, ESPN reported.
Osaka went on to beat Williams 6-2, 6-4 for her first Grand Slam title.
Here are five facts about Naomi Osaka:
Her parents: Leonard Francois, her father, is Haitian. Tamaki Osaka, her mother, is Japanese. The couple met when Francois was a college student studying in New York who was visiting Hokkaido. Tamaki Osaka’s father said she had brought disgrace to her family when she was dating a foreign person who was black. They moved to Osaka, where Naomi Osaka was born, The Washington Post reported.
She shares her name with her hometown: Naomi Osaka has said she grew up in New York, then moved to Florida when she was either 8 or 9 years old. But her last name, Osaka, is the same as the city of her birth, Osaka, Japan. She has joked that everyone who is born in the city shares the last name, The Washington Post reported. Despite having a home in Florida, she plays for Japan, The New Yorker reported.
Turned pro: Naomi Osaka turned pro at the age of 15 in 2013. She had a first-round win in 2014 against 2011 U.S. Open Champion Samantha Stosur, according to Bleacher Report. She has also beaten big tennis stars like Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, according to Bleacher Report.
“Newcomer of the Year:” Many who are not regular watchers of tennis may not recognize Naomi Osaka, but she’s been around, winning the “Newcomer of the Year” title at the Women’s Tennis Association Awards in 2016. That same year she was also named WTA “Breakthrough of the Month” after entering the Australian Open and reaching the third round of the French Open and US Open. That year she ended the season ranked 48th.
First Japanese player to win Grand Slam title: With her defeat of Serena Williams, Osaka is now ranked seventh in the world for singles women, according to the WTA. She has a singles record of 25-10 and two WTA singles titles under her belt. So far this year, she has made more than $5.7 million in prize money, taking home more than $7 million over her career. In March 2018, she was the first Japanese woman to win the Indian Wells Masters in California. It was her first WTA title, according to the New York Times. In that tournament, she was unseeded, the Times reported.
Tennis icon Serena Williams’ various looks at the United States Open Tennis Championships throughout her career.
Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.
Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.
Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.
"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.
"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."
Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.
"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."
"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."
Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”
“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."
Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England Lawn Tennis Club.
It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson, the eighth seed, lost his second Grand Slam final. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 U.S. Open title match.
Djokovic was coming off a grueling semifinal against Nadal, winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 in a 5-hour, 15-minute duel. It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history that began Friday and had to be resumed Saturday because of curfew rules.
The longest semifinal match was held Friday, when Anderson, 31, topped John Isner in a 7-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon.
Temperatures on Centre Court broke 100 degrees as the two finalists began play.
Celebrities in the stands included Hugh Grant, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Djokovic, the 12th seed, defeated Anderson in 2 hours, 15 minutes and took the first set in 29 minutes. He improved to 6-1 against Anderson and defeated the South African for the third time at Wimbledon.
German tennis star Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s final Saturday at Wimbledon, taking home her first championship title.
Williams, 36, fell short of her eighth Wimbledon trophy and a chance to score a record 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
The match between Kerber and Williams was stalled for over an hour Saturday, until after the men’s semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was completed.
Saturday’s tournament was Williams’ fourth appearance since she began her comeback after a 14-month hiatus. Williams came into the fortnight ranked No. 181 and was seeded 25th at Wimbledon because of her previous success at the event.
Williams’ victory would have made her the fourth mother ever to win a Grand Slam event.
Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017. She had to deal with a health scare after the emergency cesarean section when small blood clots were found on her lungs, CNN reported.
The last time Williams and Kerber met in a Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 2016. That year, Williams won her seventh major title on grass, 7-5, 6-3.
That was Williams’ second straight Wimbledon title, won in the early stages of her pregnancy. She sat out last year’s grass-court tournament after winning the Australian Open several months earlier.
Her first Grand Slam tournament was the French Open. Williams won three matches before withdrawing because of an injured chest muscle.
Tennis star Serena Williams took time off from her preparations to chase her eighth Wimbledon women’s singles title to join Meghan Markle in Ascot on Saturday to watch Prince Harry and Prince William compete in the Audi Polo Challenge, the Sunday Express reported.
Williams, who has won seven women’s singles titles at Wimbledon, was accompanied by her husband, Alexis Ohanian. Williams canceled her pre-tournament news conference to attend the polo match, The Guardian reported.
Williams, who won her seventh Wimbledon crown in 2016 before giving birth to her first child, is ranked 25th in this year’s tournament. She attended the royal wedding last month at Windsor Castle.
Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, attended the match to watch her husband, who made a surprise visit at a polo match for the second straight day, the Daily Mail reported.
Prince Harry attended a charity match at British Polo Day in Oxfordshire on Friday, the Daily Mail reported, helping to raise nearly $265,000.
Rafael Nadal continued his dominance at the French Open, winning the men’s singles title for the 11th time Sunday, ESPN reported.
Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to capture his 17th Grand Slam title, second only among men to the 20 won by Roger Federer.
Nadal overcame a problem with his left middle finger during the third set to defeat the No. 7 seed from Austria. The Spaniard was leading 2-1 when he stopped serving because he could not straighten his finger, ESPN reported. After receiving a salt pill and an arm massage by his trainer, Nadal resumed play and closed out the match.
Nadal’s 11 French Open men’s titles are a record at Roland Garros. He won his first title in 2005, and all of his championships have occurred during the Open era. He owns an 86-2 record at the French Open.
Max Decugis won eight French titles between 1903 and 1914; in the Open era, Bjorn Borg won six men’s crowns between 1974 and 1981.
Nadal matched the all-time record of most singles titles won at the same Grand Slam event, set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open in the 1960s and ’70s, Reuters reported.
Maria Bueno, a Brazilian who won three Wimbledon women’s singles titles and four U.S. Open crowns during the 1950s and ’60s and was also known for her controversial tennis attire, died Friday, the BBC reported. She was 78.
Bueno was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, The Telegraph reported. The hospital released a statement confirming her death, the newspaper reported.
Bueno, nicknamed the “Tennis Ballerina” for her grace and style during tennis’ pre-Open era, won 19 Grand Slam titles. In addition to her seven singles titles, she won 11 doubles championships and one mixed doubles title. She also reached the finals at the French Open and Australian Open.
Bueno also was the world’s top-ranked women’s player in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966. From 1957 to 1967 she won 65 singles tournaments, 90 doubles crowns and 15 mixed doubles titles. She was a runner-up in 45 events. Bueno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.
In 1964, Bueno caused a stir at Wimbledon when she wore a white dress designed by Ted Tinling that had a pink underskirt and matching pink underwear.
"There was a gasp from one end of the court," Bueno said years later. "And the people the other end didn't know why, until I changed ends and served from there.
"Later I wore panties that resembled the club colors, which outraged the club committee and they brought in the all-white clothing rule."
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open.
USA Today reported that, according to French TV, the the 36-year-old pulled out of the match because of an arm injury.
Williams recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Williams was due to play against Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round match at the Open. She and her sister, Venus Williams, lost in a doubles match Sunday to Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
“I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve,” Williams said at a news conference addressing her withdrawal, according to BBC News.
Williams said her appearance at Wimbledon will depend on her MRI results.
“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”
“I’ve never felt this in my life so I don’t really know how to manage it yet, but this is a little different,” Williams said. “I’m clueless as to what to do.”
The injury, Williams said, makes her unable to serve. She said she did not have problems with it before the tournament.
Sports Illustrated reported that Williams also expressed disappointment over the withdrawal because of her time away from her family.
“I’m beyond disappointed,” she said. “I gave up so much from time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”
On her Instagram page, Williams said the withdrawal is “just the beginning,” thanking fans for their support.
“You always live to fight for another chance,” Williams captioned a photo of herself serving at the tournament. “I’ve done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning. Thank you a for the support. I love you.”
Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015. The French Open was her first major since the 2017 Australian Open.
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