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Osaka makes history amid extraordinary Serena umpire row

There were astonishing scenes in the US Open final as Serena Williams lost to Naomi Osaka and had a furious row with umpire Carlos Ramos.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Naomi Osaka of Japan hugs Serena Williams of the United States after winning the Women's Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in
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Naomi Osaka claimed her maiden grand slam title in truly extraordinary circumstances at the US Open, as a furious Serena Williams became embroiled in a stunning row with umpire Carlos Ramos.

The ice-cool Osaka triumphed 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows to become Japan's first grand slam singles champion, yet that immense achievement was overshadowed by sensational scenes of anger on the other side of the net.

Serena argues with umpire Carlos Ramos
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Serena argues with umpire Carlos RamosJULIAN FINNEYAFP

Six-time US Open winner Williams, who remains one short of Margaret Court's record haul of 24 major singles titles, was initially disgusted after receiving a coaching violation from the umpire during the first set.

Williams was later handed a point penalty for smashing her racquet in set two and was then docked a game after continuing her protests at Ramos, seemingly calling the official a "thief".

To her immense credit, Osaka held her nerve among the chaos to claim victory, after Williams had remonstrated emotionally with the tournament referee, insisting she had been unfairly treated.

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