News 12 september — 19:29

After Serena storm, US Open champion could have the last laugh

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The US Open should have been one of the showpiece events of the sporting summer, CNN reports.

The wealthiest of tennis' four grand slam events, the New York tournament has a rich history and boasted a record purse.

And yet, after the events that unfolded in Saturday's women's final at Flushing Meadow, no one -- not the players, the officials, administrators, the fans or the sport itself -- emerged as a winner.

Perhaps the biggest loser in it all was the eventual champion, Naomi Osaka, whose moment of glory was taken away in the aftermath of a tirade by Williams.

It started when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation for coaching, and eventually ended up with accusations of sexism in the aftermath.

You are only a first-time major singles champion once, of course.

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