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Controversy Overshadows Naomi Osaka’s Historic Win Over Williams At US Open

A massive argument between the umpire and Serena Williams has marred the biggest win of Osaka’s career.

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Naomi Osaka has become the first Japanese player to win the US Open after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4, in a dramatic final at the US Open.

Heading into Sunday’s showdown, Osaka said it was an ‘honour’ to play somebody that she idolised whilst growing up. The rising star of the women’s tour produced a stunning mixture of aggression and angle shots to overwhelm a frustrated Williams. Although Osaka’s performance was overshadowed by Williams‘ argument with the umpire after she was accused of receiving coaching. A confrontation that resulted in the American receiving a shocking game-penalty.

“I know that everybody was cheering for her (Williams) and I’m sorry it had to end like this.” A tearful Osaka said during the trophy ceremony.
“It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals. I’m glad that I was able to do that.” She later added.

Heading into the final, the 20-year-old was undoubtedly the underdog against her experienced rival. Osaka was playing in her first grand slam final, compared to Williams’ 31st. Nevertheless, the 20th seed executed her game plan perfectly. Hitting shots deep towards the baseline and mixing up the direction of her speedy serve.

Playing in a full capacity Arthur Ashe stadium, Osaka’s seemingly invisible nerves drew numerous errors from the 23-time grand slam champion. Three games into the match, the Japanese player drew first blood after a Williams double fault granted her a break for 2-1. Continuing to pile the pressure on the home favourite with the use of angle shots, Osaka sealed the double break two games later at the expense of another mistake from her rival. The one-sided opener drew both shock and admiration from the animated crowd in New York. Just 35 minutes into the match, Osaka sealed the 6-2 lead with the help of a body serve.

A shock ending

Williams’ mood deteriorated further during the early stages of set number two. The former world No.1 was issued with a code violation for coaching from the stands. Prompting her to approach the umpire, Carlos Ramos, to say ‘I don’t cheat. I would rather lose.’ A video replay from ESPN, showed that Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was indicating with his hands to move forward. Something he later admitted doing, but not directly towards his player.

Following on from that controversial warning, Williams then erupted after receiving a point penalty. After breaking for a 3-1 lead in the second frame, Osaka broke back immediately. Prompting the American to smash her racket onto the court. Resulting in Ramos issuing her a second warning and a point penalty in accordance with the rules.

‘I didn’t get coaching. I didn’t get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I didn’t get coaching. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life.’ Williams said in protest.

Amid the confrontation, Osaka’s mental strength remained remarkably flawless. Breaking for a set and 4-3 lead with the help of a stunning forehand winner.

As Osaka closed in on the biggest win of her career, another clash between Williams and Ramos at the change of ends stunned the world of tennis. After calling the official a ‘thief, Williams was handed a game penalty. Prompting a furious and upset Williams to demand a talk with the referee.

“You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. You owe me an apology. You stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.” Said Williams.

Regardless of the shock action, Osaka remained composed throughout as she sealed the biggest title of her career by converting her second championship point.

At the age of 20, Osaka will rise to seventh in the world rankings when they are updated on Monday. She will become the highest ranked Japanese player since 1996.

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard claims his first ATP title in Lyon

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

“It was crazy. It was a very good final. I was down in the second set, but I managed to do better. I am very happy to win this tournament and now I have a lot of confidence for Roland Garros”, said Mpetchi Perricard.

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Casper Ruud claims the third title of his career in Geneva

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Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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Casper Ruud saves a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli in the semifinal in Geneva

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Second seed Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour and 51 minutes in the semifinal of the Gonet Geneva Open. Ruud set up a final against Tomas Machac, who upset Novak Djokovic 6-4 0-6 6-1 in yesterday’s semifinal.

Cobolli earned his first break in the second game with a forehand winner. The world number 56 broke for the second time to love in the sixth game to close out the first set 6-1. 

Ruud earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the second set 6-1. 

Cobolli saved two break points in the first game of the third set before converting his third break point to open up a 3-0 lead. Ruud broke back in the seventh game and held serve to 30 to draw level to 4-4. 

Ruud, who won two titles in Geneva in 2021 and 2022, saved a match point on serve at 4-5 30-40 in the third set. The Norwegian player went up a 4-0 lead with three mini-breaks in the tie-break before going on to seal the win. 

Cobolli hit eight aces and won 67% of his first serve points. The Italian player hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. Ruud hit 12 winners to 6 unforced errors. 

“It was very difficult. I was one point away from losing. I was able to hang in there and it was a very tough match. I am happy to have been able to come back in the third set and pull through. It was a good confidence win for me and I am looking forward to the final”, said Ruud. 

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