Drama, Outburst, Boo & Meltdown @ US Open Final

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

But Williams handled the moment with astounding grace, instructing the crowd to stop their booing, and instead embrace Osaka asking those in attendance to celebrate her victory.

It was another dominant start for the 20-year-old native of Japan, who has dropped just one set en route to her first Grand Slam final.

"You definitely can't go back in time", Williams said when asked if she would change anything about the match. Tom, thank you for joining us.

Williams had no answer to Naomi Osaka's consistency in the first set, losing it 6-2.

Osaka apologized to the crowd.

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"I love you, Serena", she added before adding "I love you, mom; I love everybody".

Williams was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racket abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" and insisting "you owe me an apology".

Williams was adamant in her post-match press conference that she had not received any coaching advice despite Mouratoglou's claims that he had signalled her from the box, and she had no regrets as she believed she "stood up for what she believed in and stood up for what was right". There was no thumbs-up sign. But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches on 100 percent of the matches.

Osaka had given Williams plenty of respect but no other concessions as she grabbed the early break on a double fault by her idol for a 2-1 first set lead that she would not let go.

The Japanese saved two more break points in her next service game and then it was Keys's turn to get rattled.

All of this did take a toll on Osaka but after she had close out the match. He assessed what's called a coaching warning, which carries a point penalty.

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Williams continued to argue with Ramos and even yelled at the umpire from Portugal.

"There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman [sic] you're going to take this away from me? I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose".

But Osaka, who displayed not only a stellar game but remarkable poise throughout, held serve to seal a historic win for her country. "I don't understand. I mean, maybe he said, 'You can do it'". You stole a point from me. During a changeover, she called the chair umpire a "thief".

Williams called the tournament referee onto the court and began crying as she explained her version of events.

Playing on tennis's biggest stage in her first Grand Slam final, the enormity of the moment did not faze Osaka while Williams, contesting her 31st major final, looked unsteady.

"She's such a great champion so I know she can come back from any point", said Osaka, who will be the star draw at the Prudential Hong Kong Open next month.

A win on Saturday would also give the 36-year-old American a seventh US Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most in the Open era.

'There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match.

"'Naomi is a deserving champion and Serena at all times plays with class and makes us proud".

What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself.

After a confident hold punctuated by a 106 miles per hour ace Osaka broke again to lead 4-1, silencing the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

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