'Big goodbye': Fans erupt after tearful Serena Williams' 'strange' gesture

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Serena Williams (pictured left) with a heartfelt wave to the crowd after her Australian Open loss and (pictured right) tearing up in the press conference.
Serena Williams (pictured left) with a heartfelt wave to the crowd after her Australian Open loss, leading to speculation it could be her last Australian Open. (Image: Getty Images/Australian Open)

Serena Williams wasn't able to overcome a phenomenal Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-final, but her farewell to the crowd had the tennis world questioning whether it would be her last match on Rod Laver Arena.

Williams was unable to capitalise on a nervous start from Osaka as the World No.2 blasted her way past the American and into the Australian Open final.

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But it was Williams' farewell to the crowd, who returned after a five-day lockdown in Melbourne, which had the tennis world talking.

The 39-year-old stopped before she left court and took a moment to soak in the atmosphere.

She then waved to the crowd before proceeding down the tunnel.

Some fans immediately pointed out it was a 'strange' goodbye and could have signalled her last match out on Rod Laver Arena.

However, many were quick to dismiss the reaction as anything but Williams thanking the crowd after she enjoyed strong support during the titanic clash against Osaka.

To add to the speculation, Williams left her press conference in tears when addressing if it was her farewell.

"I don't know, if I ever say farewell, I won't tell anyone," she said before walking off.

Naomi Osaka too strong for Serena Williams

After a nervous start from Osaka she put aside the nerves and stormed back to take the first set 6-3 in barnstorming fashion.

Osaka's groundstrokes proved too much for Williams who made a few uncharacteristic mistakes.

Williams attempted to get back into the second set after letting out a show of frustration when she yelled: "Make a shot".

However, Osaka proved to clinical to win 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Australian Open final.

Osaka will attempt to add to her Australian Open title tally when she takes on either Jennifer Brady or Karolina Muchova in the final.

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