The 20-year-old became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam when she beat the American 6-2 6-4. But the final at Flushing Meadows was overshadowed when Williams called umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief” and later accused him of sexism.
“There’s a lot of stuff I want to say about how I felt,” said Osaka. “For me, I don’t know, I don’t know, the memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet.”
World number six Osaka has always refused to point the finger at 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams, 37, but said she had immediately wanted to “move on” following her win in New York.
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