Serena Williams clashed with Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a “thief.” After the match, while Osaka accepted the trophy, boos rang around Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka wept.
Both players recently have suffered from injuries but remain in the US Open women’s singles draw. Osaka, currently the top-ranked player in the world, will have the No. 1 seed. Serena Williams is eighth. Venus Williams is unseeded.
Meanwhile, Osaka retired during her last match, in the quarterfinals of Cincinnati against American Sofia Kenin, because of a knee injury.
Osaka and Serena Williams have played once since that infamous match, with the American winning 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals in Toronto.
Serena Williams, who turns 38 in September, is seeking a record 24th major singles title, tying her with Margaret Court for the most all time, and her first since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant. That win came against Venus Williams.
Osaka, the first Japanese player to win a major singles title, added a second grand slam trophy earlier this year when she won the Australian Open.