Many were rooting for the athlete during this year’s Wimbledon season not only because of her obvious talent but also because of her being just one victory away from tying Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams. Another factor that added to the excitement is the novelty of her motherhood.
Williams and her then-fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first-born daughter in September 2017. This childbirth was harder than usual and the process, which was overwhelmed with complications, almost cost the new mother her life. As such, Williams has been grinding hard to get her body back into its competitive shape.
Still, it wasn’t enough to keep Germany’s Angelique Kerber from winning the final on Saturday. This marks Williams’ first Wimbledon loss since 2008 when her sister Venus Williams won the title. The tennis star was moved to tears after the match when asked questions about her journey this year. She had some words for all of her fellow mothers: “To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried.” When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was “just me”.
"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