Defeat too many for Serena?

Coming out of her semi-final defeat against Naomi Osaka in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) early Thursday morning, Serena Williams (39) burst into tears when explaining her elimination. Asked about her thanks to the public, in the form of farewells, the American remained evasive.

Seeing Serena Williams (39), 23 Grand Slam titles on the clock, one unit off Margaret Court’s record, burst into tears as she leaves the press conference after being knocked out at the Australian Open is never a good sign . Especially at this point in his career. After her defeat against Naomi Osaka (JAP, n ° 3) in two small sets (6-3, 6-4) where the American, despite a good start to the match, could not do anything against the explosiveness of the Japanese, the No. 10 seed dragged on the court for a few moments. History of inhaling the scent of a Rod Laver Arena filled with spectators.

But when leaving for the locker room, Serena Williams greeted the crowd one last time before putting her hand on her heart. As a sign of farewell. The one who ends a career of 986 matches including 414 in Grand Slam and precisely 105 at the Australian Open? Doubt is allowed. Since Patrick Mouratoglou’s protégé aims for the ultimate record of 24 titles, the former world No. 1 has played in eleven Grand Slam tournaments, including four finals at the US Open in 2018, 2019 and at the Australian Open as well. in 2018 and 2019. Eleven opportunities without ever achieving its ends. So, is this one too many defeat?

“If I ever said goodbye, I wouldn’t tell anyone”

When discussing this elimination against Naomi Osaka, the American was not dead hand towards herself. “I made so many mistakes today… (24 unforced errors for only 12 winning points), said the youngest of the Williams sisters. Honestly, I had opportunities, I could have led 5-0 (in the first set). I just made so many mistakes and especially unforced errors in forehand! It was a big deal for me today. I felt good, I felt my strikes well. I typed this whole tournament well. I made too many mistakes on easy things. It’s not like it’s after a race, a long exchange. “

If the analysis was pretty good, the rest of the press conference was not necessarily planned. When asked about the meaning of her salutes to the crowd, the tenniswoman replied, “I don’t know. The Australian audience is so amazing. It was nice to find him. “But it is the end of his remarks that has thrown trouble on his career. When asked about a hypothetical end of career in Melbourne, tears rose and fell on the defeated face of Serena Williams who simply added: “I don’t know. If I ever said goodbye, I wouldn’t say it to anyone. So… “