Serena Williams left the Australian Open press conference with tears in her eyes after her semi-final loss to Naomi Osaka.
The big American saw her latest attempt to win her 24th career title come to a close. The Grand Slam title ended with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over three-time champion Osaka, Japan.
She said goodbye to the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a long wave of her hand over her heart, raising questions about the 39-year-old woman’s future.
She said: I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. If I ever say goodbye, I won’t tell anyone.
Williams started crying when asked another question about his unintentional errors against Osaka.
I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. She said I was done before I left the room.
Williams thanked his fans in a post on Instagram shortly after the game.
No perfect results or performances today, but it happens. I am honored to perform for all of you, she wrote.
Your support, your health, I wish I could do more for you today.
I am forever in your debt and I am grateful to each and every one of you.
Wimbledon – Williams’ best luck
Williams is looking to break Margaret Court’s major record when she returns from maternity leave in 2018.
His 23 Grand Slam titles are the most won by a player at the time of the Open, 13 of them before the tour turned fully professional.
Williams has reached four Grand Slam finals since her return, but she has lost them all, including against Osaka at the 2018 US Open.
Former British number one Annabelle Croft says Wimbledon, where Williams won eight titles, is her best chance to play for court.
Serena seemed to be in a happy place and I thought she was – the moment she celebrated her 24th birthday. Would win the tournament, Croft told Radio 5 Live.
But time is not on their side. You have to wonder how well she plays, given the age difference with some of her opponents.
The draw, oddly enough, should open for them [to win], but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
For the first time in 18 years, Williams lost a semifinal at the Australian Open.
It was also her first loss against a top-five opponent on a Grand Slam hardcourt since finishing 16th at the Australian Open in 2008. I lost to Jelena Jankovic for the first time in my life.
Osaka, who often spoke of her admiration for Williams, said talking about American retirement had made her angry.
I want it to be played forever, Osaka said. It’s the little baby inside me.
Every time I play it, I feel like it’s something I’ll remember well.
Novak Djokovic, the men’s number one and 17-time Grand Slam champion, said he could sympathize with Williams.
After the final in Melbourne, the 33-year-old Serb won again to close the gap on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who together have 20 major victories in the men’s event to their name.
When you’re pursuing big things that have to do with the history of the sport, that obviously puts a lot of weight on it, a lot of pressure, he said.
No matter how many years you’ve been on tour and how much experience you’ve gained, you always feel it on your shoulders.
I am proud and honored to play alongside them and it is exciting to witness their greatness. She is one of the greatest athletes.
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Serena Williams left the field after her last-minute attempt to finish 24th. The Grand Slam title ended with a loss against Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open. The 39-year-old American took a break and put her hand on her chest to the applause of thousands of spectators.
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