Forgive the rather trivial nature of the title here, this is a sad realisation.
The brilliant Naomi Osaka who so memorably took her maiden slam last month and was already regarded as a revelatory history-maker and future great, has finally opened up about the less than perfect manner of her Flushing Meadows victory.
Let’s be clear, this was a truly historic moment for Japanese tennis and the sport in general, both in terms of Asian success (which is still quite a rarity) and as another promising chapter in the next gen catalogue.
Serena’s conduct, whether intentionally disruptive or not provided the worst possible circumstances that one can triumph in their first major final.
The world number six’s words are brutally frank and heartbreaking when you think about it.
Let’s hope that when her next success arrives, it is a more conventional and enjoyable one.