Recap 2018: Highs and Lows of September

From Naomi Osaka's triumph at the U.S. Open to James Anderson overtaking Glenn McGrath among Test wickets- here's a recap of the highs and lows in sports from September 2018.

Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the U.S. Open trophy after winning the Women's Singles final against Serena Williams.   -  AFP

Highs

  • Naomi Osaka announces herself on the big stage as she defeats Serena Williams in the final to lift the US Open.
  • India's Arpinder Singh wins triple jump bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup following his gold medal at the Asian games.
  • James Anderson becomes the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Tests, surpassing Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets.

James Anderson celebrates after taking the final wicket of Mohammed Shami to become the record Test wicket taker for a fast bowler.   -  Getty Images

 

  • Francesco Molinari creates history by becoming the first European to record five out of five wins at the Ryder Cup as Europe wins the tournament at home. 
  • Brooks Koepka becomes the first player to win the US Open in back-to-back years since Curtis Strange in 1988-’89.
  • The first UEFA Nations League kicks-off.
  • Alastair Cook signs off in style, scoring 147 in his final innings and England wins the five-match Test series against India 4-1. 

Alastair Cook leads the team off after England won the series 4-1.   -  Getty Images

 

Lows

  • Serena Williams' on-court outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open final overshadows Naomi Osaka's historic win and sparks fresh debates on sexism in the sport.

Serena Williams accused the umpire of sexism in an angry rant during her defeat to Japan's Naomi Osaka in US Open final.   -  AP

 

  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifts ban on Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) amid widespread criticism, while IAAF maintains its ban on Russian athletes.