Many speculate that tennis legend Serena Williams will be retiring soon after she cried during a press conference and posted an emotional caption on Instagram shortly afterward.
Williams recently traveled to Melbourne for the Australian Open, hoping to win her highly anticipated 24th Grand Slam title. Williams faces intense pressure to win another Grand Slam title since one more would give her 24, tying Margaret Court, the all-time leader. She has not won a Grand Slam since 2017 but has lost four finals since then. At the Australian Open 2021, Serena lost in the semi-finals against Naomi Osaka, the tournament winner.
“I played a really bad match, so many errors,” said Williams at the press conference.
Williams fell short with another opportunity to tie Court with the record of most Grand Slams titles won. Williams addressed rumors of her retirement in a press conference after losing in a match.
“When I retire, I won’t tell anyone,” said Williams with tears in her eyes.
Although she stated those comments in the press conference, what got people’s attention was her post on Instagram after the loss.
“I am forever in debt and grateful to each of you today. I am forever in debt and grateful to each and every single one of you. I love you. I love you. I love you, I adore you,” Williams captioned in her Instagram post.
Many people are assuming this was an announcement saying goodbye to the Australian Open. Williams has not announced if she will play Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the upcoming Grand Slams. These matches will possibly be her last opportunities to achieve the record, which is her career goal.