"Okay, because I know that, like, she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?" The encounter looked a lot like similar arguments male players have had on the court without penalty.
Williams said she was hopeful that her actions will help change women's tennis for the better.
The trophy ceremony was met with a chorus of boos from Williams' home US Open crowd, who had been unhappy at her treatment during the match. This should not happen.
Asked in her press conference what she would have done differently in hindsight, Williams became increasingly emotional as she said: "I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me". "When a man does the same, he's 'outspoken" and there are no repercussions".
Osaka defeated Williams earlier this year at the Miami Open, but Williams was early in her comeback and since has advanced to two Grand Slam finals. "More voices are needed to do the same", she said.
At the end of the US Open final between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, the common takeaway was that Osaka's moment-winning her first Grand Slam by beating her hero in the final-was overshadowed by drama.
The tournament referee's office on Sunday docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket. Both she and Williams were in tears. "I think that's the lesson we can all learn from this". "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right". "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", she tells umpire Carlos Ramos. Never in my life have I had a coaching violation. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? Going straight from coaching to code violation without warning a person - I think that's messed up.
Then came Williams' infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a to-do over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.
There was also the inevitable comparison made between how Ramos handled his duties in the final and how chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani intervened during Nick Kyrgios' second-round match. He said so after the match (although Williams was adamant they don't have any established signals). #Serena now claiming that men do this.
All of 20, Naomi Osaka shocked the tennis world as she beat legendary Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam at the Flushing Meadows.
"For me, it blows my mind", Williams said.
'This grey area we have.Coaching on the WTA Tour, I found out in qualifying you can coach - what the hell is this?
"Williams approached the net and told the umpire, "I don't cheat".
Seemingly motivated by the violation, Williams went on a mini-run to take a 3-2 lead, but her momentum was stymied after Osaka produced a critical serve break.
But Osaka broke back in the next game and the American smashed her racket in frustration, earning a second code violation and a one-point deduction from Ramos.