- Serena Williams will not be heading to Australian Open final after being defeated by Naomi Osaka
- Osaka has been dominating the sport and beat Williams 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets
- Williams will have to wait a while before she can bag her 24th Grand Slam title and this brought tears to her eyes
Tennis legend Serena Williams has been knocked out of the Australian Open, missing the opportunity to bag her 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams faced Japan's Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals.
The former world number one, defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday, February 18. Williams would've possibly reached Margaret Court's record of 24 major singles titles had her blaze not been extinguished by Osaka.
23-year-old Osaka is set to face the winner of the match between the United States' Jennifer Brady and Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova in the final.
After the game, Serena Williams raised questions about her futureas she left her post-match press conference in tears.
Having been asked about the unforced errors she made in the match she replied: "I don't know, I'm done," and then walked out of the room as she struggled to control her emotions.
Osaka is a three time Grand Slam singles title winner with a streak of 20 match victories. 39-year-old Williams' top form was no match for the young star's agility and speed at the jaw clenching semi-final.
Since winning her 23rd Grand Slam title while pregnant, Williams has lost four Grand Slam titles. The final of the Australia Open women's singles will take place on Saturday, February 20.
Read some of the fan responses to Williams' loss and Osaka's win below:
"Love that she (Osaka) bowed her head in respect of her idol."
"Respect to both. Definitely new talent will emerge just like Serena did emerge. Congrats Osaka."
"Adios Williams, enjoy your retirement. Osaka mopped the floor with Williams."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Alexis Ohanian, the husband of tennis star Serena Williams, is definitely husband goals.
The co-founder of Reddit was recently spotted wearing a T-shirt of his wife's face to support her while she played a match.
The picture shows Serena armed with her tennis racket and looking ready for action alongside words that read "greatest athlete" (female is scratched out to cleverly point out that she's beyond gender stereotypes.)