The Weekend Round Down-Serena Williams, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Miss America

Miaa America 2019 Nia Franklin

Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka became the first Haitian-Japanese person to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday after defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open. 

YahOsaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams’s second set outburst, the American enraged by umpire Carlos Ramos’s warning for receiving coaching from her box.

She tearfully accused him of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official.

When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her — along with a point penalty — Williams exploded.

“You’re attacking my character,” she said. “You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar,” she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set.

Williams won the next game, and continued her tearful remonstrations with a supervisor on the changeover but Osaka — who displayed not only a stellar game but remarkable poise throughout — held serve to seal a historic win for her country.

Williams has been fined $17,000 due the incident.



Miaa America 2019 Nia Franklin

In a pageant clouded by controversy after its swimsuit portion was eliminated and plagued by in-fighting between last year’s winner and the organizers, Franklin, gorgeous in a white gown, brought home the crown by beating out Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei, who finished as runnerup.

On her official bio page, she said the competition empowered her to become a champion for all children to have access to quality arts education.

During the talent competition held in Atlantic City Sunday night, Franklin sang opera, then spoke out about her “New York grit.”

“I understand what it means to work hard,” she said, to loud cheers from the audience.

From the stage after her win, an emotional Franklin thanked God, her parents and her fellow competitors.

She finished victorious from a final five that included Miss Louisiana Holli Conway, Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, Miss Florida Taylor Tyson and Oei.



In the video, Cardi B is being restrained as Minaj exits the hotel.

Security alerted officers about a dispute between two people at the Plaza around 11 p.m. Friday, law enforcement sources said. Officers spoke to one of the guests involved, sources said, but the guest declined to make a complaint. No arrests were made.
It’s unclear what caused the quarrel to escalate, but Cardi B took to Instagram afterward and posted a profanity-filled video saying Minaj had criticized her parenting skills.