Serena Williams tearfully quits press conference after loss
Osaka defeated Williams 6-3 6-4 in a match that only lasted 75 minutes.
Rumours were flying as Williams made an emotional exit after the loss by putting her hand on her heart and waving goodbye to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
“I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone, so...” she said, keeping quiet.
The press conference quickly turned as a reporter asked about her performance against Osaka.
“The unforced errors through the match, considering how well you played to get to this stage, what do you feel caused that? Was it just one of those bad days at the office?” he asked.
Williams barely responded and she began tearing up, leaving the room and ending her press conference early.
“I don’t know. I’m done,” she said, getting out of her seat as she finished speaking.
Before Williams' departure, she admitted unforced errors were the difference in winning the match.
Tennis star Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match news conference after her semi-final defeat to Naomi Osaka.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 18, 2021
“Honestly, it was opportunities where I could have won. I could have been up five-love. I just made so many errors,” Williams said.
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