Djokovic and Osaka win US Open titles

Novak Djokovic of Serbia has defeated the third seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in straight sets to claim his third US Open men’s singles title. Djokovic, the sixth seed, tamed the Argentine big artillery 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 15 minutes, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Xinhua news agency reported.This is Djokovic’s second straight Grand Slam singles title this season following Wimbledon 2018 and a 14th overall to tie American Pete Sampras for third all-time position.

Meanwhile, in the women’s finals, the young Japanese Naomi Osaka, champion of the US Open, received her trophy with tears before the booing of the public, which favoured the American Serena Williams. The Japanese, only 20 years old and 20th seed, defeated Williams 6-2 and 6-4 as the American lost control during the match.

 “I do not want to be rude, she played well, let’s make this the best possible moment, let’s not boo anymore,” Williams requested through a microphone, reports Efe news. For the first time in the United States Open, the trophy ceremony was drowned out by whistles and boos in support of the loser and against the champion. Williams burst into tears, trying to correct her unfortunate performance during the match, in which she failed to achieve her 24th Grand Slam title.

Osaka made history on the track after 79 minutes of dominance over Williams in the Grand Slam showdown, which ended in tears for both players, for different reasons. What was supposed to be a fairy-tale matchup for Osaka and the player she idolises, spun out of control after Williams was handed code violations that she described as unfair. The US Open hit Williams with fines totalling $17,000 for three violations, the US Tennis Association said.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion accused umpire Ramos of sexism after she was handed a series of code violations during the September 8 match. Ramos first gave Williams a code violation warning for coaching after he ruled that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, gave her hand signals from the stands. Then she got a point penalty for smashing her racket, followed by a game penalty for verbal abuse after she confronted the umpire.

“You stole a point from me and you are a thief,” Williams told Ramos prompting the game penalty ruling. At a news conference following her loss, Williams said she’s seen male players call other umpires “several things.”

“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ It blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women,” Williams said. It remains to be seen what will be the decision taken by the top leaders of the tournament and women’s tennis when they study in detail what happened in the 50th edition of the last “big” of the year.  - IANS