Advertisement
Serena Williams |

Sport

Serena Williams | "If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone"

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09:41 18 Feb 2021


Share this article


An emotional Serena Williams left her press conference in tears after facing questions about her future following defeat in the Australian Open semi-final.

The 39-year-old American was aiming to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title but lost 6-3 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in Melbourne.

2019 champion Osaka is on a 20-match unbeaten streak and recovered from a nervy start to set up a meeting with Jennifer Brady in Saturday's final.

Brady won in three sets against Karolina Muchova to set up a rematch of the 2020 US Open semi-final, which Osaka won.

Williams gave the crowd inside the Rod Laver Arena a long wave goodbye with her hand on her heart as she made her way off court.

It fuelled speculation about whether the seven-time champion in Melbourne will be back next year so naturally, Williams was asked about it in her post-match press conference.

Williams replied: "I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone."

Williams said unforced errors cost her a place in the final and when asked about the mistakes she made during the match, she became overwhelmed and left in tears.

"I don’t know. I’m done," she replied before leaving the room.

 


Share this article


Read more about

Australian Open Jennifer Brady Melbourne Naomi Osaka Serena Williams Tennis

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-06:00

Share

Up next

The Sound of the City with Bre...

The Sound of the City with Brendan Roache

06:00-09:00

Share

Saturday Social

Saturday Social

09:00-12:00

Share

The Sound of the City with And...

The Sound of the City with Andy Clarke

12:00-16:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Kar...

The Sound of the City with Karl Dawson

16:00-19:00

Share

98FM Throwback Anthems with Ba...

98FM Throwback Anthems with Barry Dunne

19:00-22:00

Share

98FM Dance

98FM Dance

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-06:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on