Unfortunately, Serena Williams failed to get her eighth Wimbledon today, but the runner-up treated her loss with dignity. The tennis player also dedicated her effort to all of the mothers out there.
As you may know already, this was Serena’s comeback to the field after she welcomed her first baby with husband, Alexis Ohanian.
Despite the loss, she as well as her hubby assured fans that she is ‘just getting started.’
Just the fact that she reached the final was a record already.
Ten months after giving birth, she became the first mom player to reach a Wimbledon finale in no less than 38 years!
She lost against Germany’s Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-3.
After the match, during an interview, Serena got a bit emotional sharing that: ‘It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was very happy to get this far. It is obviously disappointing but I cannot be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I am literally just getting started, so I look forward to it.’
‘To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today,’ the athlete added.
"I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today"
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018
Her husband who cheered on her during the tournament, showing her incredible support every step of the way, took to Instagram to share a very sweet message after the finale.
‘Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery, and neither one of us knew if she’d be coming back. We just wanted her to survive—ten months later, she is in the #Wimbledon final. Serena Williams will be holding a trophy again soon—she has got the greatest one waiting at home for her —and our family knows she will win many more trophies, too. She is just getting started,’ Ohanian wrote.
Serena suffered complications after giving birth, including a pulmonary embolism and that meant she even had to undergo some surgeries.
For six weeks after welcoming baby Alexis Olympia, Serena was bedridden.
As a precaution, the tennis star had to wear a pair of special compression leggings.