American tennis nice Serena Williams could not maintain her tears again on Thursday and ended her press convention abruptly after her defeat to Naomi Osaka within the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open.
The defeat continued her unending her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and was her second consecutive semi-final exit in a significant match.
Williams, 39, waved on the crowd and put her hand on her coronary heart earlier than leaving the Rod Laver Enviornment after the match which she misplaced 6-Three, 6-Four. When requested if this was a sign that she was bidding farewell to the Australian Open, Williams responded with a smile: “I do not know… if I ever say farewell I would not actually inform anybody.”
Her response definitely touched seven-time System One champion and pricey good friend Lewis Hamilton, who wrote on his Instagram that he’s solely happy with Serena, who fought on the day like a champion she at all times is.
“I’m so happy with you, you fought just like the champ you’re and proceed to encourage so many together with me together with your combating spirit and your humility,” he wrote.
When Serena was requested in regards to the errors she made through the match, she stated: “I do not know. I am completed,” and walked away. Williams had earlier stated that the distinction between her and Osaka was her 24 unforced errors, six of which got here on return to serve.
“The distinction at this time was errors. I made so many errors at this time. It was alternatives the place I may have been up 5-Zero and I simply made so many errors. I had lots forehand unforced errors. It was an enormous error day for me at this time,” she stated.
“I felt effectively, I used to be hitting effectively this entire match. Even the primary couple of video games I performed effectively and there have been so many alternatives. I do not know… simply made too many errors there. Simple errors, it was not like I used to be on the run or something, they have been all simple errors,” she additional stated.
Williams later thanked the Australian crowd in an Instagram submit.
“Melbourne and my Australian fans- At the moment was not supreme consequence or efficiency nevertheless it occurs… I’m so honored to have the ability to play in entrance of you all. Your assist – your cheers, I solely want I may have completed higher for you at this time. I’m without end in debt and grateful to every and everybody single one among you. I like you. I like you. I like you. I am keen on you,” she stated in her submit.
Williams is one Grand Slam title away from equalling Margaret Courtroom’s report of 24 titles within the Open period. She gained her 23rd title on the 2017 Australian Open after which she took a break from tennis for the delivery of her youngster. Since returning, she has completed runner up on the US Open and Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019.