‘A new heroine’: Japan celebrates first grand slam winner amid Serena row

Shinzo Abe and Japanese news outlets have lauded Naomi Osaka’s victory at the US Open on Sunday

While the tennis world debated the merits of Serena Williams’ tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final, Japan heaped praise on its first grand slam winner, Naomi Osaka.

The 20-year-old remained composed to beat Williams in straight sets, only to see her historic achievement overshadowed by the fallout from her opponent’s claims that she had been the victim of sexism from the umpire’s chair.

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