Serena Williams got another chance to go head to head with Naomi Osaka, but this time the match was fair and Serena won.
It’s been almost a year since Serena Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in a very controversial match. The two were back on the court on Saturday going head to head to see who would advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup.
This year, it was Williams who took the win beating Osaka 6-3 and 6-4.
“I knew her game a little bit more, so that’s a little easier,” Williams said after the match, according to the Times. “And, you know, I’m just overall a little bit better.”
Since last year, Osaka has had the same message about playing with Williams win or lose saying,
Williams “is someone that I looked up to forever.”
If you recall their match at the U.S. Open championship in September 2018 was deemed unfair after chair umpire Carlos Ramos, handed down three separate on-court violations to Williams for illegal coaching, breaking her racket and verbal abuse.
Williams was very vocal about the incident saying that the umpire’s actions were motivated by sexism.
Aside from the Umpire’s actions, the 2018 U.S. Open championship awards ceremony was met with boo’s directed at Osaka. Williams shared that during that situation she felt Osaka was not given a fair chance to remember this amazing moment.
“In the end, my opponent simply played better than me that day and ended up winning her first Grand Slam title,” Williams said. “I thought back to my first Grand Slam. It’s the one you remember best; it’s supposed to be the most special. This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic.”
Williams shared that she did send Osaka an apology letter which read;
“I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry.”
“I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself,” the athlete said she wrote in the letter. “But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future.”
Osaka did receive that letter and responded with a heartfelt statement of understanding.
Congrats to Williams for making it to the next round.