But let's make this the best moment we can, and we'll get through it. Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due. The first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title. Others hailed Williams for her strength and courage.
She went on to say that she hopes that things will change in the future thanks to what she has done.
But during the course of the game, Williams received a warning from the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, who believed Williams' coach was sending her signals. First, he said everyone gets coaching, which is widely known in professional tennis, even if Grand Slam rules forbid it. This should not happen.
Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".
Serena Williams was docked a game by an umpire after a series of controversial calls. "More voices are needed to do the same".
"At the completion of the fifth game of the second set, Williams was assessed a second code violation for racquet abuse, which required a point penalty".
"I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief because I thought he took a game from me".
"You know how many other men do things - they do much worse than that".
"For me it blows my mind but I'm going to continue to fight for women". "They're going to be allowed to do that because of today", Williams said.
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. "I don't understand. I want to clarify myself what he's talking about".
"The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire".
"If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this". She accused Ramos of sexism, saying she wouldn't have been penalized for verbal abuse if she were a man. #Serena now claiming that men do this.
Osaka's 73-year-old grandfather Tetsuo told reporters at his home in Nemuro, Hokkaido, that he and his wife were ecstatic after watching their granddaughter's 6-2, 6-4 victory over multi-title victor Serena Williams on television.
This left Ramos with no choice but to hand out a game penalty, meaning Williams was on serve but Osaka was just one game away from history.
Williams, still in tears, put her arms around Osaka in an attempt to right the situation for the 20-year-old, who admits to idolizing the 23-time Grand Slam champion. "I stood up for what was right", Williams replied.
"You stole a point from me; you're a thief, too", she insisted.
"Williams approached the net and told the umpire, "I don't cheat".
Osaka's power, speed and ability to shut out the distractions allowed her to prevail over Williams, but the match will long be remembered for the freaky turn it took during the second set when the 23-time Grand Slam champion unleashed a furious rant at chair umpire Carlos Ramos.