But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time.
Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams during the women's U.S. Open Final last week, has finally spoken out about the incident. "We all go through our emotions, especially when you're fighting for a Grand Slam trophy". "That's what sport is all about".
"Serena Williams decides she's gonna blame sexism for the way she was treated and then the media applauds her?" ". Obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played awesome", Curry said.
"At the end of the day, Serena could have handled it a little bit differently", Adams said. But her claims were soon undermined by statistics showing there were 86 code violations handed out to male players at the US Open and only 22 to women. "I couldn't hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't". "That is not right", she protested.
When all was said and done, both players were in tears and embracing in a stadium filled with booing fans. Let's give everyone the credit where credit is due.
Fresh from pocketing a $3.8 million check from winning the US Open on Saturday, Osaka is now set to pen a clothing deal with the German sports manufacturing giant that could see her take on Williams, the woman she defeated to win the title, for her Forbes number one highest-paid female athlete ranking.
Umpires are reportedly contemplating removing themselves from Williams' matches unless she issues a public apology for criticising Ramos, according to The Times of London.
"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire. "Don't worry about me". His remarks were reported by USA Today. Retired umpire Richard Ings confirmed to ESPN that umpires feel that Ramos is being vilified.
The umpiring community also had Ramos' back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams' matches. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".
Now, Adams and Ramos have come face to face in Zadar ahead of the United States team's Davis Cup tie against Croatia where the veteran official will oversee some of the matches.