Serena Williams played her heart out at Wimbledon this past weekend, and the result of such tenacity was the respect of the masses. The 24-time Grand Slam champion gave an emotional interview after her loss at this year’s final game that gave spectators an idea of the motivation behind her plays.
“It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really happy to get this far,” Serena said. “It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started, so I look forward to it.”
Williams went on to tell fellow mothers like herself that she was playing with them in mind. “To all the moms out there, I was playing you today, and I tried,” Serena shared. “I look forward to just continuing to be back out here and doing what I do best.”
Serena Williams shocked the tennis world when she advanced to the semi-final rounds of Wimbledon. It was not that fans didn’t believe the tennis star was capable of getting so far in the competition. Serena, however, advanced fresh off of a complicated labor and delivery.
“It’s different now, obviously because I have a baby and being a mom is totally different,” Serena told reporters during the tournament.
“I’ve always embraced being a role model,” she continued. “For me, I just really fell into that perfectly. Now that I’m a mom, I just want to be even more of that role model for my daughter and for people out there that just want to be inspired and hear some good news.”
Alexis Ohanian gave a heartwarming message to his wife after her loss at Wimbledon this past weekend. “Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back,” he said. “We just wanted her to survive—10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final.,” he continued.
“@serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soon—she’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too. She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.”
Stay tuned for more Serena Williams family news!