An emotional Serena Williams left her news conference in tears after dealing with questions on her future following defeat in the Australian Open semi-final.
The American tennis star, 39, as soon as once more got here up quick in her eleventh try to maneuver stage with Margaret Courtroom’s file haul of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, and it’s now a year-and-a-half since she made a ultimate.
Japanese third seed Naomi Osaka, the champion in 2019, overcame a nervous begin in entrance of a restricted crowd on the Rod Laver Enviornment to win 6-3 6-4.
Following the match, Williams gave the group an extended wave goodbye along with her hand on her coronary heart – prompting hypothesis about whether or not she’s going to ever return to Melbourne Park the place she has received the title seven instances.
In her post-match press conference, Williams, who had by no means beforehand misplaced a semi-final in Melbourne, mentioned she was uncertain about her future.
She mentioned: “If I ever say farewell, I would not inform anybody. So…”
Williams then turned tearful throughout the subsequent query, a comparatively mundane enquiry about her unforced errors throughout the match, and shaking her head mentioned: “I do not know. I am finished,” earlier than abruptly leaving the room.
From 2-0 down Osaka received eight out of the subsequent 9 video games earlier than in the end wrapping up victory in an hour and quarter-hour.
Osaka, 23, mentioned on courtroom: “I used to be actually nervous and scared in the start however I eased my manner into it.
“It was about having enjoyable and it was the primary day having a crowd for some time. It is an honour to play her and I did not wish to exit actually dangerous so I simply tried my greatest.
“I used to be a bit of child watching her play so arising towards her on the courtroom for me is a dream.”
Osaka will meet first-time Grand Slam finalist Jennifer Brady on Saturday.