A section of the crowd could be heard booing after the Japan-born player’s 6-2, 6-4 victory, which was marred by Williams’ various run-ins with umpire Carlos Ramos over code violations.
There on the podium, Williams whispered something to her visibly upset opponent. Now, Osaka has shared what that was.
Speaking on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the young Grand Slam champion told Degeneres that her idol had attempted to comfort her.
"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me."