Serena Williams acted like a champion even if she lost. The tennis star was very fair play after her defeat in front of Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women’s Final.
As fans know, the match was pretty controversial due to the fact that Williams received no less than three code violations, something she was not happy about and thought wasn’t fair.
But when it came to Naomi being officially declared the winner during the trophy ceremony, the crowd started booing.
20-year-old Naomi reacted to the hate by pulling down her visor and breaking down crying.
That is when Serena showed support to her fellow woman and athlete by putting her arm around her.
Later, Serena started tearing up as well as she praised Naomi: ‘I don’t want to do questions. I just want to tell you, she played well. And this is her first Grand Slam… I know you were here rooting, I was rooting too. But let’s make this the best moment that we can, and we will get through it. Let’s give everybody credit where credit is due. Let’s not boo anymore. We are gonna get through this, and let’s be positive. So congratulations, Naomi! No more booing.’
Osaka then admitted the whole thing was hard on both sides, saying: ‘I know that everyone was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.’
The entire match was a very emotional and stressful experience for Serena as well as for her opponent, and while her fans really wanted to see the new mom win, it is very unfair to have to apologize for winning.
That being said, huge props to Serena for being so fair and supportive towards the young Naomi Osaka. And congratulations Naomi for your impressive and well-deserved victory!