The Djoker laughs but Serena fumes

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Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took a little over 3 hours to pack off Juan Martin del Potro to win the US Open singles title. This was Grand Slam number 14 for the Serbian who now equals the 14 Slam record of the legendary Pete Sampras. Djoko defeated the 2009 US Open Champion Del Potro in straight sets  6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

Only Rafael Nadal (16) & Roger Federer (20) have more titles than Djokovic. It has been a crazy year for the Serbian who won the Wimbledon title & then was ruled out due to a reoccurring elbow injury. The return to the top fold was tough but Djoko got back in style and won his 3rd US Open crown. The win ensures that Novak will rise to the 4th position in men’s rankings and is projected to top the list once again at the end of the year.

In the Women’s singles, Serena Williams had a nightmare outing at the center court. In what was expected to be a cakewalk for the 23 time Grand Slam champion as she played Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Osaka who idolizes Serena, outplayed her opponent to win the match in dramatic fashion 6-2, 6-4 in just 81 minutes. Osaka is now the first ever Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title.

Coaching controversy: But there was a massive controversy that overshadowed Osaka’s fantastic win in New York. When she was a set down and was fighting to save the match, Serena was served a warning as the umpire caught her coach making a hand movement to advise her what to do. Coaching while the players are warming up and while the match is going on is not allowed at any Grand Slam event. To make things worse, she was fined a point for breaking her racket 10 minutes later.

The nightmare continued when  Serena had a massive verbal argument with the on-court referee and accused him of being a thief for stealing her point. She was then fined a game! Serena not only lost the arguments but was also served a hefty fine of $17,000 for violating the code of conduct on the court.

It was a sad moment as most of the media and fans will remember the 2018 US Open for the controversy and not for the emergence of a new star – Naomi Osaka


Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.

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