24th September 04:14 AM
Naomi Osaka's US Open win wows Japan
By Lena Reece
Sunday 09/09/2018
Ms Osaka beat Ms Williams 6-2 6-4[Photo:BBC Sports]

Japan is celebrating its first ever Grand Slam tennis win after Naomi Osaka's US Open win over Serena Williams 6‑2 6‑4 at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka stayed calm as Williams went into meltdown after the umpire imposed a series of penalties.

She was later in tears waiting to be given her trophy as the partisan crowd booed the match officials.

The 20‑year‑old was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father but was raised in the US.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Osaka on Twitter, thanking her for "giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship" ‑ an apparent reference to last week's Hokkaido earthquake in northern Japan that killed more than 20 people.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will meet Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in the mens’ U.S Open final at 8am tomorrow.

Sixth seed Djokovic, a two‑time champion at Flushing Meadows, will compete in his eighth US Open final.

[Source:BBC Sports]

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