Naomi Osaka became the first female Japanese Tennis player to win a Grand Slam final on Saturday after she beat an all-time great, and Osaka's very own idol, Serena Williams at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Unfortunately, much of reaction to Osaka's win was not because she was an underdog beating a legend. It actually had little to do with her at all.

The path to the U.S. Open final

Osaka blew through the US Open bracket defeating Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko and USA's Madison Keys on the way to the final round.

Williams, in the same token, had a very similar route to the final round.

She beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech-Republic and Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. Willams was clearly the player to bet on and someone everyone can have a reason to vote for. She is, after all, a 23-time Grand Slam Singles Champion.

Though over the course of the match, events took a dramatic shift. While appearing on NBC's Today Show after her victory, Osaka told host Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, "I was a little bit confused throughout the whole thing."

"The whole thing" meaning the dispute between umpire Carlos Ramos and Serena Williams.

The dispute

Early in the second match, umpire Ramos handed Williams a code violation for 'coaching.' Coaching, in reference to tennis, is when a player communicates with their coach, or vice versa, during warm-ups or the match.

"If he gives me a thumbs up he's telling me to 'come on,'" Williams told Ramos after the violation was imposed. "I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose."

The violation was never rescinded despite Williams stern argument against the initial decision.

As the match continued, Osaka continued to hold her own against Williams. Frustration eventually boiled over for Williams and she took it out on the frame, resulting in another code violation for "racket abuse." In addition to her previous violation for coaching, a second penalty results in a point penalty which takes a point away from Williams.

At this point in the second match, a rescinded point put Osaka up as they headed into the next set. This led to confusion by Williams because she believed that the coaching violation would be taken back by Ramos and that her next violation would be a warning instead of a second violation or point penalty.

"...I didn't get coaching." Williams pleaded to Ramos. "You needed to make an announcement that I didn't get coaching."

Williams then demanded in an apology from Ramos for falsely accusing her of coaching.

Osaka's win

Osaka went on to win the U.S. Open after a controversial decision by the umpire to hand Williams a third violation for "verbal abuse" for her calling Ramos a thief insinuating that he took a point away from her.

Williams called Ramos "a thief." She has accused Ramos of sexism saying a male player would have more leniency on the court to show their emotion.

After Osaka's win, Williams embraced Osaka, but Osaka could not help but tear up in confusion as to her underdog victory. Her victory was overshadowed by violation's controversy that leads to Williams meltdown.

The first time Grand Slam Champion felt that her victory was so devastating to Williams that she apologized to the crowd. "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this," Osaka said tearfully.

Williams tried her best to comfort the Japan-native, showing small smirks at points during the trophy presentation. Unfortunately, her victory will be overshadowed by this dispute.