Serena Williams leaves news conference in tears after Naomi Osaka loss [video]

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Serena Williams left her Australian Open news conference in tears after her semi-final defeat by Naomi Osaka.

The American great saw her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title ended by Japan’s three-time major champion Osaka, who won 6-3 6-4.

She gave the crowd inside Rod Laver Arena a long wave goodbye with her hand over her heart, leading to questions over the 39-year-old’s future.

She responded: “I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone.”

Williams became tearful when asked a further question about her unforced errors against Osaka.

“I don’t know. I’m done,” she said, before leaving the room.

Williams thanked her fans in a post on Instagram shortly after the match.

“Today was not ideal outcome or performance but it happens. I am so honoured to be able to play in front of you all,” she wrote.

“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 every single one of you.”

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