Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final.
So Serena won’t yet be going home with her 24th Grand Slam title to tie the record Margaret Court has held since 1973. But in the eyes of many watchsing on Saturday, the mum was still a winner.
“I was really happy to get this far,” Serena said in her postgame interview, her voice wobbly with tears.
“It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed, you know, I have so much to look forward to. … To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried, but um, Angelique played really well. She played out of her mind.”
Not to take anything away from her opponent Angelique Kerber, who made swift work of her the champ in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, but the viewers at home – especially mothers who know what it feels like to come back from maternity leave – were quick to tweet how much Serena just being there meant to them.
After all, she gave birth to daughter Olympia only 10 months ago.
“I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums race at sports day last week,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums' race at sports day last week. What a woman!
— Lucky Soul (@WeAreLuckySoul) July 14, 2018
Serena Williams came back from pregnancy to make it to the finals of Wimbledon at almost 37 years old. That’s greatness.
Despite the loss, she’s still the GOAT.
— Everette Taylor (@Everette) July 14, 2018
“@serenawilliams is a Goddess,” another declared. “I couldn’t run for the bus when my first child was 10 months old. Looking forward to the #USOpen. #tennis #GOAT #shewillbeback”
Many couldn’t help reiterating that the tennis star nearly died of complications from her cesarean section.
listen for someone who almost died 10 months ago after giving birth and she made it this far and playing like this, we’ll see y’all at the next tournament! yass serena williams yasss pic.twitter.com/HqFH1m72JG
— jade(d) (@songsaboutjade) July 14, 2018
Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, was one of those too.
“Walking to the mailbox was a painful, exhausting challenge for this woman just nine months ago. This is already nothing short of remarkable,” he wrote earlier this week.
Walking to the mailbox was a painful, exhausting challenge for this woman just 9 months ago.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) July 10, 2018
Even Angelique couldn’t hold back her admiration for her competitor.
“You will have your next Grand Slam, and you will have it soon I am sure,” she said after her win.
I'm so emotional right now… Serena Williams just means so much to us all and certainly me and I thank her for her effort and excellence and example! 🐐
— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) July 14, 2018
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