Australian Open defeat is ‘not the end for Serena Williams,’ says Mats Wilander

The Australian Open semi-final defeat to Naomi Osaka is not the end for Serena Williams, says former world number one Mats Wilander.

Williams was visibly upset after her match, and had to leave the press conference in tears when asked about her performance.

It has led to speculation about whether we are seeing a farewell tour for the 39-year-old, but Wilander thinks we simply saw a champion who was disappointed in herself for not reaching her own extraordinarily high standards.

“No [it’s not the end for Serena],” Eurosport analyst Wilander said.

“I think we see those tears because I think she was disappointed in the way she played.

“I think she had really high hopes, she had a really good start. If she got to 3-0, it could have been 4-0, then 5-0.

“She was a bit unlucky and I think she has taken a step in the right direction.

“For her this is a bigger loss, because she is moving better, she is playing better and she is still not really close to Osaka and I feel that’s where the emotions start – she’s probably thinking, what do I need to do now?”

The defeat has left Serena Williams still stranded on 23 Grand Slam titles, one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record.

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