Six games later, the umpire issued Williams a second code violation after she smashed her racket in frustration, resulting in an automatic point loss. You stole a point from me.
Ramos then issued a third violation, this time for verbal abuse against the chair umpire, costing Williams a game.
Williams was incensed in the first instance when Ramos assessed her a code violation for receiving coaching from her box, although coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted in an interview with ESPN that he was trying to advise her with a hand gesture and said that all coaches do it.
"I have never cheated in my life", she said.
She also took a 1-0 lead in the first set, and eventually pushed that lead to 3-1, before Osaka stormed back to win the match. "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she said, per CBS News. "I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too, but let's make this the best moment we can and we'll get through it. Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due". Eventually, a full game penalty was leveled against Williams.
"I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", she said.
"I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves and want to be a strong woman".
She tearfully accused him of being a "thief" and angrily demanded an apology from the official.
Victoria Azarenka also tweeted her support, saying she did not believe the same decisions would have been made in a men's match. Williams lost 6-2, 6-4 to Osaka in Saturday's final. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.
After her next service game, she argued with officials in the corner again, saying that she was targeted every year by umpires at the U.S. Open.
Osaka teared up as she was finishing her answer, still overwhelmed as she juggled the idea of her winning and Williams losing.
Meanwhile there has been further debate over Williams' charge that she had been a victim of sexism from the chair.
"For me, it blows my mind", Williams said.
When it came time for Osaka to speak, she also acknowledged the hard moment. But as you'll see, Williams was the architect of her own demise...
Nevertheless, a statement from USTA chairman of the board and president Katrina Adams opted to focus on Williams' actions during the post-match presentation, when she urged booing spectators to stop heckling and acknowledge Osaka's significant achievement.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion repeatedly confronted the umpire during the second set before calling for the tournament referee during an astonishing outburst.