Serena Williams of the U.S. right through the fit in opposition to China’s Qiang Wang. Hannah Mckay, Reuters

MELBOURNE — Serena Williams is not going to surrender on her chase for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam identify and believes she will nonetheless do it, regardless of crashing out of the Australian Open Friday.

The 38-year-old American legend has been caught on 23 since successful in Melbourne in 2017, when she was once pregnant with daughter Olympia.

She has misplaced 4 Slam finals since then, however this time didn’t get shut, dumped out within the 3rd spherical by means of China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang.

Williams, who was once downbeat however now not damaged, stated she shall be again at the observe courtroom on Saturday.

“I simply made some distance too many mistakes to be a certified athlete nowadays,” she stated.

“I surely do consider or I would not be on excursion,” added Williams when requested if she thinks she will nonetheless achieve Australian Margaret Courtroom’s 24 Slams list.

“I do not play simply to have a laugh. To lose is in reality now not a laugh.”

Williams dropped only one sport in beating Wang within the quarter-finals at the USA Open closing yr, however was once surprised 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-Five on Friday.

“She served smartly, I did not go back like Serena,” stated Williams, seeded 8th in Melbourne however who was once the robust favorite, particularly with Courtroom’s list at the line.

“If we had been simply fair with ourselves, it is all on my shoulders. I misplaced that fit. 

“Like I stated, it isn’t concerning the event, it is similar to I will’t play like that. 

“I actually cannot do this once more. That is unprofessional. It is not cool.”

Williams stressed out that defeat was once “now not the top of the arena”, however admitted that she was once indignant and hurting inside of up to any defeat in her lengthy and wonderful occupation.

“I’m only a higher actress, as I at all times say now,” she stated.

“I am no happier than I used to be 10 years in the past, however I simply need to faux like I do not need to punch the wall, however actually, I do.”

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