I'm still on the climb: Serena

Serena Williams hits a return to Anastasija Sevastova during their women's singles semifinal

The U.S. Open is her seventh tournament after coming back - she was the runner-up at Wimbledon in July - and Williams says she is still on the upswing.

"This is unbelievable", she told Ramos. But. that's when chair umpire Carlos Ramos noticed Williams's coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, making gestures toward his player. "I'd rather lose", she told Ramos.

The WTA says it will look into the dispute between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Williams may have been referring to the US Open in 2009, when she received a point penalty against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals - deemed to have verbally abused a linesperson - and was called for hindrance for yelling during a point in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur. In the semi-finals she was up against Kim Clijsters, a former rival who'd taken off almost three years to have her first child and had returned to the sport just weeks before.

Losing that momentary lead in a game where she double-faulted twice was too much for Williams to handle and she took it out on her racket, which she smashed into the ground.

Osaka had made clear beforehand how delighted she was to take on Williams in the final. "This is outrageous", said Williams warming to her theme.

Williams never expressed any doubt that she would return to the game following the birth of her daughter Olympia last September, but that seemed an awfully long way away when she developed life-threatening complications.

Osaka, who has called Williams her idol, tearfully said upon winning that she knew the crowd was cheering for Williams and she was "sorry it had to end like this". Then she was hit with a second violation for smashing a racquet after being broken. They both played superb tennis throughout the US Open.

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Both Williams and Osaka likely wish the officiating had gone a bit differently on Saturday, but thankfully, there's little doubt that these two will meet again on the court in a critical match in the near future. Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams for the title, but the big story was the drama.

"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right?"

"Naomi is a deserving champion and Serena at all times plays with class and makes us proud". "(Now) she's more open-minded on the court about other things than just trying to crush the opponent".

Sep 6, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates match point against Madison Keys of the United States in a women's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

She hasn't won one at the U.S. Open since 2014 or anywhere since the 2017 Australian Open, when while pregnant she became women's tennis' oldest Grand Slam champion at 35.

But even if it's not Saturday, she believes she'll claim Court's record.

It was a battle between the big hitters on Arthur Ashe Stadium and neither was really threatened on serve until Osaka nearly cracked first in the fourth game.

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