Emotional moment for Serena Williams — who choked back tears before abruptly ending a press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.
The 39-year-old superstar was defeated by Osaka in straight sets in a semi-finals match Thursday morning — and as she left the court, put her hand on her heart to show love for the Australian crowd.
During the post-game press conference, Serena was asked if the gesture meant she was saying “farewell” … especially with all the retirement talk following her these days.
“I don’t know,” Serena responded … “If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone.”
Moments later, Serena was asked about the unusual amount of unforced errors she committed during her match with Osaka … was she injured or was it just a bad day at the office?
That’s when Serena grabbed a sip of water, took a deep breath … and seemed to fight back the tears.
With her voice shaking, Serena finally replied, “I don’t know” … and that’s when she stood up and said, “I’m done” … and walked off.
Obviously, she just lost a match she cared deeply about winning — and she’s understandably emotional. But, it’s unclear if she’s seriously considering retirement.
As for her opponent, Naomi Osaka did her post-game presser wearing a Lakers jacket in an apparent tribute to her former mentor, Kobe Bryant.
And, when she was asked about her mindset going into the Serena match … she sounded just like Mamba.