Serena Williams broke down in tears and minimize quick her post-match information convention after her 6-3, 6-Four defeat to Naomi Osaka within the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday ended her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams received her final main title in 2017 at Melbourne Park earlier than taking a break from the game to provide delivery to daughter Alexis Olympia, and has misplaced 4 main finals since returning to tennis in 2018.
The 39-year-old, who’s one Grand Slam in need of Margaret Court docket’s document, walked off Rod Laver Area to a standing ovation on Thursday, pausing for a second to place her hand on her coronary heart and wave to the group.
“The Aussie crowd is so superb, so it was good to see,” Williams, sporting a ‘Queen’ necklace, instructed reporters.
When requested if her exit from the court docket was a last farewell to Melbourne Park, she mentioned with a smile: “If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t inform anybody.”
However the smile quickly light, and a query about whether or not her defeat to Osaka was only a ‘unhealthy day on the workplace’ noticed her take a sip of water earlier than choking up.
“I don’t know. I’m carried out,” she mentioned, leaving the room in tears.
Williams had appeared her sharpest in years on the event however 24 unforced errors price her towards Osaka, who additionally beat her within the 2018 US Open last.
“The distinction at the moment was errors,” Williams mentioned earlier in her information convention. “Truthfully, it was alternatives the place I might have received. I might have been up 5-Love. I simply made so many errors.
“Not like I used to be on the run or something, they had been simply straightforward, straightforward errors. It was a giant error day for me at the moment.”