Why Men and Women View the Serena Williams Outburst Differently

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Why Men and Women View the Serena Williams Outburst Differently

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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or years to come, the 2018 US Open will be remembered for being one of those rare events when the women’s final was more talked about than the men’s. The sad bit is that this interest comes on the back of a sombre moment: The outright vilification of Serena Williams and a champion moment cruelly stolen from Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

The 20-year-old Osaka dominated the final against 37-year-old Serena Williams – 23-time Grand Slam winner and dubbed the greatest player of all time – from the get-go. In her first ever Grand Slam final, Osaka held her own against her idol and outplayed Williams at every point imaginable to ultimately lift the trophy. It’s a fact that Osaka would have won either way – she was the better player of the day.

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