“GOAT”: Portland Trail Blazers Star Jusuf Nurkic Reacts to Serena Williams’ Emotional Interview

Published 02/22/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams suffered a loss in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2021, where she lost to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets. That loss did take a toll on the American star, as she had felt positive coming into the tournament.

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After her semifinal exit, Serena attended a press conference. During the session, the former World No. 1 couldn’t hold back her tears and walked out of the room because she must have felt absolutely gutted about having to end her journey at this year’s Australian Open

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

One of the reporters asked the American player if she was hinting at a farewell to her fans in Melbourne. Serena responded swiftly and said that if she really was going to say farewell, she wouldn’t tell anyone.

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Jusuf Nurkic: “[Serena Williams] is the GOAT no matter what happens”

Williams did receive support from Portland Trail Blazers player, Jusuf Nurkic, whose tweet stated, She is the GOAT no matter what happened for rest of her life.”

The 26-year-old basketball player plays in the center position and featured in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2015. In 2014, he was also the MVP in the Croatian League Finals. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Kelly Defina

During the Australian Open 2021, Serena emerged victorious over Aryna Sabalenka in three sets and also beat former Grand Slam champion Simona Halep convincingly in straight sets. Serena won her last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2017.

The wait for her 24th Major still continues and the American starlet can take the positives from Australia and put them to use for the remaining three Grand Slam tournaments in the calendar year. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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