Serena Williams, AB de Villiers

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

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20-year-old Naomi Osaka shocked the world as she beat legendary Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam at the Flushing Meadows. The Japanese sensation thumped local-favourite and former World No 1 in straights sets 6-2, 6-4.

But, Serena, who fought with the chair umpire, got slammed on Twitter by the former Proteas skipper AB de Villiers for robbing Naomi Osaka’s moment of glory. He 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.”

Earlier, Serena Williams was indulged in a verbal fight with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who asked her not to take advice from the outside. The former world number one Serena came out in open to slam the chair umpire and said she did not cheat in the women’s singles final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

During the action in the second set, when a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to Serena – along with a point penalty – the American tennis ace exploded. She tearfully accused the umpire of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official.

“You’re attacking my character,” Williams said.

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