Naomi Osaka has won the US Open, after beating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the final on Saturday.
The 20-year-old is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam, defeating Williams in straight sets to take the title.
The victory means Osaka is now 2-0 against Williams, both wins coming this year following the birth of Williams’ first child.
Concise News understands that prior to the US Open, Osaka hadn’t even been to a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Going into Saturday’s match, the 20-year-old Japanese had never appeared in Grand Slam final and had only faced Williams once before, beating her earlier this year in the opening round of the Miami Masters, 6-3, 6-2.
Osaka prevailed in the first major final of her career, thus preventing Williams from winning a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams was given a game penalty during the second set after a row erupted with umpire Carlos Ramos, who handed the American a code violation for illegal on-court coaching.
Standing on the podium after the match, Williams thanked the crowd and asked everyone to stop booing.
“I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. I just want to say (Osaka) played well and this is her first grand slam,” Williams said. “Congratulations Naomi.”
On her part, Osaka said she was “sorry it had to end like this”.
“I just wanted to say thank you for watching the match,” the teary champ said.