Serena Williams burst into tears and abruptly ended her post-game press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals at the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday.
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Naomi, 23, easily defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the 2021 Australian Open final.
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Serena embraced Naomi at the net after her defeat. Naomi, who holds a 3-2 record over Serena, denied the superstar her chance to win her 24th career Grand Slam singles title, which she's been chasing since 2018.
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The 39-year-old mom-of-one lost her composure during the post-match press conference after she was asked if she was saying her final "farewell" to the Australian Open.
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"Some people wondered if... you were almost saying farewell," said the reporter.
"I don't know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn't tell anyone," Serena laughed.
But it was apparent that the question affected her emotionally.
Serena fought back tears as a different reporter asked if her "unforced errors" were caused by "a bad day at the office."
"I don't know... I'm done," she said, before rising from her seat and walking away.
Naomi Osaka is just one win away from a potential showdown against #16 ranked tennis superstar Serena Williams in the Australian Open women's finals championship. Naomi catapulted to fame when she beat Serena in the US Open women's finals last year.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams, 31, and her boyfriend/coach Patrick Mouratoglou, 42, went on a shopping spree in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Despite being spotted kissing and canoodling recently, Williams denies having a romantic interest in her coach of 7 months.
Williams and her rumored boyfriend were spotted shopping in Melbourne days after she was ousted from the quarter finals of the Australian Open by a young upstart named Sloane Stephens, 19.
Williams suffered back spasms and a sprained right ankle during her crushing defeat after dropping 2 sets: 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to the no-name tennis player. Stephens went on to lose in straight sets 1-6, 4-6 to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
An Australian Tennis tv commentator infuriated tennis fans and offended African Americans around the world with his sexist remarks about Venus Williams derrière. Roger Rasheed, a former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, made the comments during a slow-motion replay of a match between Venus Williams and China's Yan Zi at the Australian Open this past weekend.
"Take a look at this now," said Rasheed to his co-commentators Tracy Austin and Nicole Bradtke. "Make or think as you will, ladies, but for me, that's a pretty good sight."
Former tennis champ Austin pointed out that Williams had more going for her than just her booty, "she's got her own clothing line.. and she brings more than just her tennis game to the court."
Fans around the country lit up the tv station's switchboard with complaints. Some felt the remarks were inappropriate during a live tennis broadcast.
NBC said there would be no action taken against Rasheed.