Serena Williams Makes It To Australian Open Semifinals Then After Match Was Asked About If That Was Farewell: Here’s What Serena Said
Serena Williams had year another great tennis tournament that just so happened to be another Grand Slam, this time at the Australian Open.
She knows this tourney well as Williams has seven Australian Open wins. That’s seven of her grand total of 23 Grand Slam wins.
Her last Grand Slam was at this open in 2017 and she’d almost get her 24th Grand Slam here again. Making it all the way to the semifinals, she’d run into Naomi Osaka and lose in two sets.
“I felt well, I felt like I was hitting well was hitting well this whole tournament even the first couple games I played well and even then I had so many opportunities…just made too many mistakes there…easy mistakes,” Williams said.
The women’s tennis leader in most Grand Slam wins (per Statista) almost had another one.
“The difference…was errors, I mean, I made so many errors…honestly it was opportunities where I could of been up five-love and I just made so many errors,” Williams said.
What people seemed to be talking about, though, instead of how this mother was incredibly able to get to another Grand Slam semifinal, was the press conference afterwards where she chose to leave before the last question, saying: “
Serena Williams Full Press Conference After Australian Open Championship
With seven wins in Aussieland, she was right at home and appreciated the support from the crowd.
“The Aussie crowd is so amazing, so it was nice to see,” Williams said referring to acknowledging the crowd after the match.
Serena was then asked about if this was farewell.
“If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone,” Williams said.
When asked about what caused the unforced errors, especially after playing so well to get to this point, or if it was just a bad day at the office, Serena then took a moment and said: “I don’t know…I’m done (with the press conference)”. Then, Williams proceeded to walk away from the podium.
You could sense the loss was weighing heavy on Williams, especially this one in particular.
Whenever that farewell from professional tennis is, that’s up to her and her family to decide. It’s a private matter to know what’s best for her and her family then, as pro sports goes, the private decision would usually result in a public statement or press conference.
In the meantime, whenever that decision comes, here’s to apprecating the play on the court of one of the best to ever pick up a tennis racket. And whenever that decision comes, you won’t find out because she’s not telling anyone. Nor should she. It’s a private matter not for everyone to know about until they eventually do. On her and her family’s time.
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