Serena: Nobody’s right, when everybody’s wrong

It’s easy to pick a winner out of the circus that passed for the U.S. Open women’s final on Sunday. That would be the actual winner, Naomi Osaka. Osaka was dominating Serena Williams throughout the match, and she was going to win it under any circumstances. There is no asterisk. The fact that she steeled herself to beat the greatest player in the history of women’s tennis, through tears and sympathy and emotions unknown, spoke to a champion’s mentality the 20-year-old was forced to develop on the sport’s biggest stage. In time – especially if Osaka continues on that path – her victory will be the episode most remembered. But as we sort out the immediate the aftermath, there are so many losers: •Chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

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