Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

13 September, 2018, 19:53 | Author: Sheri Evans
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US Open champion and Serena Williams conqueror Naomi Osaka is reportedly set to sign the biggest-ever deal for a female tennis player with Adidas, that could see her rival Williams as the world's highest-paid sportswoman.

(Supplied)Naomi Osaka chats with Ellen DeGeneres about her win at the US Open women's final.

Williams launched into a tirade of abuse directed at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling the official a "liar" and a "thief", then later accusing him of sexism, after he penalized her for on-court infractions.

"She said that she was proud of me, and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", she explained.

"I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on in any other Grand Slam final", she added.

With the new deal, reports suggest Osaka could climb the Forbes ladder to become the second-highest paid player of 2018, ahead of Caroline Wozniacki but just behind Williams, but she will have to go some way to matching the all-time tennis great.

"But in my mind, I was sort of, I really wanted to know what was going on". To get called in a Grand Slam final was perhaps a bit tight, but I think the reaction was pretty overboard.

"I want to do well at the Pan Pacific Open and maybe year-end top five - but I'm not putting pressure on myself". The brand is always challenging expectations, and I look forward to bringing its vision for driving excitement to new audiences around the world'.

"It's every athlete's dream to play in the Olympics, so of course it would be my goal to win gold".

The announcement was made at Nissan's Global Headquarters in Yokohama, marking one of Osaka's first appearances in Japan since winning the title on September 8.

Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures.

Asked how she felt about being a role model for young children, Osaka gave mixed signals.

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