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Serena Williams has never been one to hide her emotions and yesterday was no different.
After crashing out of the Australian Open in a straight sets defeat to Naomi Osaka, Williams couldn't contain her emotions and ended up storming out of her post-match press conference.
The 39-year-old was on the hunt for her 24th Grand Slam singles title but was outclassed thanks to a flawless display from Japanese fan favourite Osaka.
And as she left the Rod Laver Arena, she gave a smile and wave to the Melbourne crowd which left many wondering whether it was a "farewell" from the sport altogether.
Speaking in her press conference, Williams addressed the incident.
The reporter asked: "There was a really poignant moment when you walked off the court. You put your hand over your heart. What was going through your head in that moment?"
To which Williams simply replied: "I don't know. The Aussie crowd is so amazing, so it was nice to see."
As the questions continued, you could see Williams getting visibly upset.
"Some people wondered if you were almost saying farewell," the reporter added.
And Williams responded with: "I don't know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn't tell anyone. So..."
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- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 18, 2021
Clearly holding back the tears, Williams remained professional and answered one more question.
"The unforced errors through the match, considering how well up you played to get to this stage, what do you feel caused that? Was it just one of those bad days at the office?" Another reporter asked.
But by that point it had gotten a bit too much for Williams.
"I don't know. I'm done," she said while walking out of the press conference in tears.
It was clearly an emotional moment for Williams, who came agonisingly close to equalling the Grand Slam singles titles record.
And once the dust had settled, she took to social media to thank her fans.
"Melbourne and my Australian fans- Today was not ideal outcome or performance but it happens...
"I am so honoured to be able to play in front of you all. Your support -your cheers, I only wish I could have done better for you today.
"I am forever in debt and grateful to each and everyone single one of you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I adore you."
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