Osaka has said that Serena Williams is her idol and she even wrote an essay in third grade about her. The match, however, was controversial. She defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to win the US Open which would have Serena’s 24th grand slam title.
During the game, Serena was given a point then a game penalty, and she criticised the umpire for what she described as sexism. After the match, Serena was fined for violating code violations.
An emotional Osaka had apologised to the crowd for her win after they kept booing, thinking it was directed at her.
She appeared on NBC’s Today where she talked about the match and how nervous she was playing against her idol.
Watch the interview below.