Some tennis umpires are upset over the "verbal abuse" that Carlos Ramos received from Williams, and the amount of attention he's gotten after the final.
"Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that?"
"I've always thought Kei (Nishikori) was a super good role model and hopefully I can be that too", she said.
Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.
On Monday, the International Tennis Federation said Ramos acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity", a statement welcomed by Ings, who was a professional chair umpire from 1986 to 1993.
The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".
But arguably the best part of the interview, was Osaka's answer to being asked how her younger self would react if told she won the U.S. Open.
Others, including Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, criticized Ramos for his handling of the situation.
Williams was given a code violation warning during the final on September 8 when the umpire ruled that she was getting hand signals from her coach in the stands.
At the post-match press-conference, Williams took aim at Ramos and suggested male players would not have been punished in the same way she was during her final. "She's unbelievable. just a wonderful woman and a human being". "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".
The Times of London reports that there is a growing consensus that umpires feel they were "not supported by the USTA" on several occasions and cite one anonymous source claiming that umpires are considering boycotting matches played by Williams.
Ramos is "sure of his performance" in Saturday's final but did not elaborate more, according to Tribuna Expresso.
"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said.
Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them. I think you should think that it's not really the outcome, it's the process.