Serena lost a well fought match to the new champion – Angelique Kerber. She worked hard and long to keep her championship tally up, but ultimately, she had to bow down to the new league of players. She’s probably the only athlete to compete at the world stage 10 months after delivering her baby with Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian. She’s not down and out, and she still has the spirit alive in her to compete at the highest level.
Angie, our new champion couldn’t be happier at the win as she fought tooth and nail to get here. However, the day belonged to Serena. She’s an inspiration to all the moms out there who kick-ass and win medals. Her speech moved everyone that night and this is just the beginning for her. She’s a gifted athlete who understands what’s needed to compete at the highest level.
“For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today”
Her speech moved everyone at the stadium that day, as she talked about what it took for her to get there. The pregnancy wasn’t an easy one for Serena, and there were many complications during the birthing process as well. There was a point where she had to go into surgery not knowing what would happen to her as a result. There was anxiety, nervousness and uncertainty when she went into surgery. At that point, Serena and her family were just thinking about survival.
She’s had a history with blood clots, and she knew that it was going to play a role in childbirth as well. Serena suddenly felt short of breath and got a pulmonary embolism. Doctors also found several small clots in her lungs. It was a physical response to a taxing experience. She felt out of breath and her heart rate sank multiple times as well. She bounced back from that experience and vowed to compete at Wimbledon again.
10 months later, she’s feeling great and has had a steady rise in her game over the months. This is the second innings for her, and a new step in the right direction for the game of tennis. She’s also been training hard to get back on her feet so that she can continue the progress she’s made in the game. Fans of the game will remember her journey playing pregnant last year and commending her on her dedication.
Both, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were in attendance that day and they couldn’t help but be in tears over her effort. There is so much riding on the shoulders of Serena, and she took it all with grace and confidence. She cried while talking about her loss, which showcased a dedication to the craft. She’s still got that fire deep within her. Everyone left the stadium that day cheering her on and hoping she bounces back soon.
While this is the first championship for Angie, her and Serena are actually good friends. They’re competitive on the court, but off-court they’re quite cordial and enjoy each other’s company. She’s 36 years old, but she wants to leave the court dominating the competition. She’s not done yet and still has the body to compete at the highest level of the game.
“It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”
She’s a devoted mom, who wants to raise a courageous daughter in the world that we’re living in. There is so much negativity out there and she just wants to build the best family that she can right now.
“I try to tell her every day that she’s strong, and that she’s smart. Those are the two big ones. Even though she’s only seven months, I still try to tell her. Putting that in her head from such a young age is super-important to me. I believe she has to understand some of the things I’m saying, even now, and I hope it sticks with her for the rest of her life.