Serena Williams broke down in tears and reduce quick her post-match press convention after one other failed bid to equal Margaret Courtroom’s report Grand Slam haul, calling her defeat to Naomi Osaka “an enormous error day”. The veteran American’s quest to achieve a ninth Australian Open ultimate and match Courtroom’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 depart her shellshocked.
“The distinction at the moment was errors. I made so many errors,” stated the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
“Truthfully, it was alternatives the place I may have gained. I may have been up 5-0. It was an enormous error day for me.”
Pressed on what brought about her to make so many errors, tears started to stream as she advised reporters: “I do not know. I am accomplished,” 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 stated she had been hitting properly all match and had no rationalization for the loss aside from “too many errors there, simple errors”.
Osaka’s victory left Williams nonetheless stranded on 23 Grand Slam crowns, one wanting Courtroom’s tally, together 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.
Requested about it afterwards, she prompt the gesture was extra about acknowledging the group, who have been allowed again into Rod Laver Area after a five-day snap lockdown and gave the American a rousing send-off.
“I do not know. If I ever say farewell, I would not inform anybody,” she stated.
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