Serena Williams broke down in tears and reduce quick her post-match press convention after one other failed bid to equal Margaret Court’s file Grand Slam haul, calling her defeat to Naomi Osaka “a big error day”. The veteran American’s quest to succeed in a ninth Australian Open last and match Court’s 24 main singles titles led to a 6-3, 6-4 semi-final mauling by the Japanese third seed. Williams, 39, broke early for a 2-0 lead earlier than Osaka reeled off 5 straight video games to go away her shellshocked.
“The difference today was errors. I made so many errors,” mentioned the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
“Honestly, it was opportunities where I could have won. I could have been up 5-0. It was a big error day for me.”
Pressed on what brought on her to make so many errors, tears started to circulate as she advised reporters: “I don’t know. I’m done,” earlier than strolling out.
In a conflict of energy video games clashed, it was Osaka who had the sting, hitting 20 winners to Williams’s 12, whereas additionally committing three fewer unforced errors on 21.
Williams mentioned she had been hitting properly all match and had no rationalization for the loss apart from “too many mistakes there, easy mistakes”.
Osaka’s victory left Williams nonetheless stranded on 23 Grand Slam crowns, one wanting Court’s tally, along with her final main title coming in Melbourne 4 years in the past when she was pregnant.
Williams has misplaced 4 Slam finals since and as she walked off courtroom put her hand over her coronary heart, nearly as if saying farewell.
Asked about it afterwards, she recommended the gesture was extra about acknowledging the group, who have been allowed again into Rod Laver Arena after a five-day snap lockdown and gave the American a rousing send-off.
“I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone,” she mentioned.
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