Who is saying what about Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown?

Serena Williams has a heated discussion with the match referee during her US Open final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Who is saying what about Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown?

  • American ace called umpire a "thief" during her defeat in New York.
  • Serena now the focus of all the discussion after Osaka wins her first Grand Slam.

Serena’a US Open final meltdown: Who’s saying what after Naomi Osaka defeated the American in a stormy final on Saturday:

“Thank you @serenawilliams total class at the speech and you truly are the goat.” —Osaka’s coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of Williams, on Twitter.

“If it was men’s match, this wouldn’t happen like this. It just wouldn’t. — Two-time major winner and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Twitter.

“The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire. Second time in this US Open and third time for Serena in a US Open Final. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? When do we decide that this should never happen again ?" — Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Twitter.

“@espn just showed Serena and coach while he was “coaching.” She wasn’t even looking. Believe what you want.” — Former US men’s player Mardy Fish.

“Congratulations on winning the 2018 @usopen, @Naomi_Osaka_. This win is just the beginning of a bright future. Tennis is in an exciting place right now with players like you. #Champion #usopen“ — Billie Jean King.

“Serena is a champion & doesn’t deserve it — the same way that Naomi is a champion & doesn’t deserve this atmosphere for her first GS title!" — French WTA player Kristina Mladenovic.

“I also agree with what Patrick said that pretty much all players receive coaching on court. The first warning for me is the most questionable one. Also hard that coaching at WTAs and qualies of slams is okay but not MD slams.” — British player Liam Broady on Twitter

“It’s all on the umpire of course. I was sad to see that Naomi was crying like she lost this final, but she was just playing better today. And no doubt Serena is the greatest champion and GOAT, but that’s rules. It was really heartbreaking final.” — Russian tour player Elena Vesnina

“Mother of all meltdowns” — New York Post headline


Chile open Copa America title defense with win over Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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Chile open Copa America title defense with win over Japan

  • The victory moved Chile to the top of Group C along with Uruguay
  • Japan, playing as a Copa America guest for the second time

SAO PAULO: Chile’s experienced Copa America team proved too good for Japan’s young squad.

The two-time defending champions opened their Copa America campaign with a 4-0 win over the Asian guests on Monday, with Eduardo Vargas scoring a pair of goals to become Chile’s all-time leading scorer in the South American competition.

Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez also scored for the titleholders, which are trying to become the first nation to win three straight Copa titles since Argentina in the late 1940s. Vargas scored twice in the second half to reach 12 goals with Chile in the tournament, two more than Enrique Hormazabal.

The victory moved Chile to the top of Group C along with Uruguay, which opened with a 4-0 win over Ecuador on Sunday.

“Chile has players who are very experienced, who know each other very well,” Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said. “The challenge today was to avoid a bad debut. We were humble and entered with our feet on the ground. We were playing against a team that was very competitive in all sectors.”

Japan, playing as a Copa America guest for the second time, brought to Brazil a young squad focused on the Olympic tournament at home next year. The Japanese youngsters struggled against the veteran Chilean squad which was in control from the start at the Morumbi Stadium.

Chile won the last two editions of the Copa America, beating Argentina in penalty shootouts in the final both in 2015 and 2016. Argentina is the only team to have won three consecutive South American titles, from 1945-47.

Boosted by most of the 23,253 fans at the Morumbi, Chile created most of the significant chances.

After Pulgar headed in a corner-kick cross by Charles Aranguiz in the 41st minute, Vargas added to the lead with a shot from outside the area in the 54th after a pass by Mauricio Isla.

Sanchez found the net with a header in the 82nd, and Vargas closed the scoring about a minute later with a long lob shot over goalkeeper Keisuke Osako as he charged from his net.

It was a good opening match for Sanchez after a difficult season with Manchester United.

“I was coming off a difficult month-and-a-half,” said the 30-year-old Sanchez, who injured his ankle late in the season. “I struggled in the first 45 minutes, I felt tired, but I improved in the second half.”

Rueda, debuting with Chile in an official tournament, has been gradually revamping the squad since he took over in 2018. Among the veterans back from the team’s recent triumphs were Vargas, Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, who also had a good opener.

Japan last played in the Copa America in 1999, when it was eliminated in the group stage. Among the youngsters in Brazil was Takefusa Kubo, the 18-year-old who has joined Real Madrid’s “B” team for next season. He played from the start and was a threat for Japan in attack. He got an ovation from the crowd at the Morumbi after getting past a defender with a ball through his legs about 10 minutes into the match. He nearly scored after a nifty move past a defender inside the area in the 65th, but his shot hit the outside of the net. Japan had a few good chances to get on the board toward the end of the game but could not capitalize on them.