Osaka not saddened by Serena row in U.S. Open final

Tyler Owen
September 13, 2018

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan's Nissan Motor Co has signed U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka as its next brand ambassador, the automaker said on Thursday, tapping the tennis star's youth, drive and Japanese roots to appeal to younger customers.

Osaka's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama.

Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match.

"I think just growing up and watching her play and having the opportunity to play during the finals in Arthur Ashe".

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.

She told DeGeneres about her mindset during Williams' arguments with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and how she leaned in training to turn around and focus on her game when an opponent has an emotional moment on the court. But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community.

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England have now lost three matches in a row - against Croatia , Belgium and now Spain - proof they are still a work in progress. To mark the occasion, the Spurs striker wore a special pair of gold boots for the clash with the 2010 world champions.

According to the Guardian, the sport's top umpires are considering forming a union as a result of the fallout from the women's final.

King criticised Serena's lack of sportsmanship, but also said that Ramos was to blame for inflaming the situation.

She also admitted the toll that competitive sports have on your mental health.

Ramos, however, has spoken out about the incident for the first time in an interview with Tribuna Expresso in his native country, as the Spaniard cited he was content with the decisions he made as he does not pick and choose when to apply the rule book.

"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist". "You owe me an apology".

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", the ITF said in a statement on Monday.

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