As Osaka received her trophy after beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the women's singles final, the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium actually started booing.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion had another running battle last Saturday with umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" after he issued her a code violation for receiving coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, which she vehemently denied.
King later in the week slightly back peddled her comments, remarking that she thought Williams was "out of line" for her behaviour, but also criticised umpire Ramos, saying that "he blew it" and could have handled the situation better.
Former star Martina Navratilova says there is no excuse for Serena Williams' behaviour, even if she did have a wee point.
Watching Serena throw her racket on the ground in frustration reminded me of the many times I have had to stop myself from flinging a chair or my high heel across the room towards a "subject" that clearly deserves it.
In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams. "The WTA defense surprised me. And if we don't get that, there might be a potential boycott of her next match", he said. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". "If it's like this, let me know". Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman.
Sadly, in what should have been a triumphant moment for Naomi Osaka-becoming the first U.S. Open victor from Japan-we got a playbook of leadership faults to learn from. At the news conference afterward, Ms. Williams said: "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.
"Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."
Williams was fined $17,000 for the blowup. But we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. When I covered the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2011 - a year female players were admonished for grunting too loudly - the towering Argentine Juan Martin del Potro grew frustrated during one match, took off his shoe, and hurled it out of the court.