Naomi Osaka is the new sporting heroine of Japan, as she became the first tennis player from the Island nation to win the U.S Open.
In a very tense match laced with controversy, 20 year old Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2 6-4.
Osaka took the first set in imperious fashion, but Serena dug deep to make the second set a battle royale.
The 36 year old Serena lost her cool when scores were tied at 1-1 in the second set, after umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for a coach violation after Serena’s manager Patrick Mouratoglou was purportedly seen gesturing to Williams asking her to move nearer to the baseline.
This infuriated Serena, who demanded an apology from the umpire.
Despite these chaotic scenes, Osaka held her nerve to serve out the set and the match 6-4.
Not only had the emotionally overwhelmed Osaka placed Japan on the tennis map, she had beaten her idol emphatically.
She will now move to eighth position on the ATP ranking to be released shortly.