The only higher overnight rating, a 2.7, was a prime-time 2015 window of quarterfinal action that included Serena playing her sister Venus and Novak Djokovic vs. Feliciano Lopez.
She will break into the top 10 for the first time and could one day find herself in the position of facing an up-and-comer who wrote a school project about how they wanted to be like her, as she did for Williams.
"I don't cheat to win", she said.
Osaka revealed she was not quite coolness personified, though, saying: 'I woke up and I was sweating.
Williams was furious when she was given a coaching violation early in the second set after a hand gesture from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, telling Ramos she would rather lose than cheat. The fine will come out of Williams' $1.85 million in runner-up prize money. When he refused, she called him a thief for "stealing" a point from her.
That violation carried a $4,000 fine, while a second violation for racquet abuse - after she smashed her racquet after dropping her serve in the fifth game of the second set - cost her $3,000. U.S. Open officials rushed onto the court to examine the matter. Serving for the championship at 5-3, with 23,000 people baying in the stands and Serena making a goal-line stand, Osaka hit a forehand winner, a service winner, an ace, and, at 40-30, another service winner to end it.More news: Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval
Serena called on the tournament referees, screaming "it is not fair" as a young Osaka stood bewildered at the freakish incidents unfolding in front of her eyes. Serena may have stood for the right, may have fought her battle. The Williams who argued her way through US Opens past, in 2004 for a series of bad calls against Jennifer Capriati, in 2009 for a foot fault that concluded her demise against Kim Clijsters and left her threatening physical harm to the linesman, might not have found such postgame grace.
"I just want to tell you guys she played well, and this is her first grand slam".
Naomi Osaka: I never thought that way, but since you said it, I'm concerned. "Let's make this the best moment we can". "So congratulations, Naomi. No more booing".
Amazingly, not only did the crowd then stoop booing, they erupted into voracious cheers.
We can only imagine what was going through Williams' mind at the moment. "I was so looking forward to what was going to be a fantastic finale to what has been an incredible tournament and it was all just taken away by Serena and the umpire".
Serena Williams may have taken home the emotions she was going through after her controversial loss in the U.S. Open, but she seemed to be in mom mode, at least on social media, while Billie Jean King called out tennis for having a "double standard" toward women. She later insisted that Ramos would "never, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live..."