Serena should’ve handled the situation better in the final: AB de Villiers

Osaka couldn't get the desired accolades for her victory as the venue was filled with boos after the conclusion of the match.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka from Japan entered the 2018 US Open as the 20th seeded player and wasn’t considered amongst the favourites to win the championship. However, yesterday, she shocked the world with a sterling performance by defeating former world number one Serena Williams in the final. During the entire tournament, she only dropped a couple of sets.

Even in the final at Flushing Meadows, she won in straight sets by 6-2, 6-4. The 20-year-old also became the first Japanese player to win a major tournament. However, barring some spectacular display of work with the racket, the match was also a witness to a bizarre incident, which occurred after the American tennis player comprehensively lost the first set.


She was given a code violation at 2-1 in the second after Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire, ruled that Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena’s coach, was signaling tactics to her, something which isn’t allowed in lawn tennis. Subsequently, Williams lost her cool, lashed out at the chair umpire and said, “We don’t have any code. I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.”

Thereafter, Ramos gave her another code violation following which she vented her anger by smashing her racket on the turf at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I didn’t get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I don’t cheat. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her. I have never cheated,” she exploded.

De Villiers critisises Serena  

In the meantime, Osaka couldn’t get the desired accolades for her victory as the venue was filled with boos after the conclusion of the match. She stood with the trophy and cried. After her victory, Kevin Anderson, the South African player, who bowed out in the Round of 16 against Dominic Thiem, came out in support of Osaka and lauded her for her superlative show on the court.

AB de Villiers, the former South African cricketer, also hailed Osaka and said that Serena could’ve handled the situation better. He took to Twitter and wrote, “No one deserves to win your 1st major with the sound of booing around! Serena should have handled the situation better. Give the young girl her moment in the spotlight. All professional athletes have moments where we feel hard done by, u keep your head down & try to fight it out.”

Here is de Villiers tweet

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