Serena said she was proud of me - Osaka

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U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka is getting her first taste of fame after defeating Serena Williams in Saturday's contentious final.

Ramos' decision to give Williams three code violations in the U.S. Open final, resulting in the loss of a game, told Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso he is "fine" despite criticism for the way he handled the match.

A starstruck Osaka chatted with DeGeneres on "Ellen" on Wednesday and talked about her experience of the championship match that's made headlines more for Williams' outburst than her impressive win over the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centered on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologize for beating the home favorite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", Osaka told reporters.

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Swinging by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday to discuss the experience of winning her first-ever Grand Slam title, Osaka also chose to open up about what she was thinking when the controversy began to unfurl on the court. "I just felt like everyone was sort of unhappy up there and I know that the ending wasn't really how people wanted it to be", she said earlier this week.

"But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese". I couldn't tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there.

Osaka, now ranked seventh in the world, is aiming to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of the season. "So I was really happy with what she said".

"So hopefully I can be that role model".

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