"Every single match I play, whether I'm coming back from a baby or surgery, it doesn't matter, these young ladies, they bring a game that I've never seen before", she said in the middle of the tournament. Alexis Ohanian, who was seated in the crowd and cheering the loudest, got extremely emotional by the result of the match and took to social media platforms to show her all the support.
Williams only gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia 10 months ago, and while she looked close to her best at times throughout the fortnight, she could not find her A game against fellow former world number one Kerber.
The German has beaten Williams in straight sets in the women's singles final at Wimbledon in what was just the American's fourth tournament since giving birth in September. Williams was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors.
"It's obviously disappointing, but I can not be disappointed, I have so much to look forward to and I am just getting started". I learned so many things about myself.
'But, you know, Angelique played really well.
That was on display Saturday when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she'd need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.
And after losing a Wimbledon final for the first time in a decade, Williams struggled to hold back tears during her on-court interview, and said of her graciousness in defeat: "I'm just better at acting now, I guess". As the enormity of being a Wimbledon champion began to sink in, the German said it was the experience of 2017, when she lost her way and fell out of the top 20, that laid the bedrock of her return to the top.
"I also needed to find the motivation after 2016, which was wonderful". It was really good and I'm looking forward to continue being out here.
Kerber was the first since Steffi Graf Wimbledon champion from Germany.
Serena Williams will be holding a trophy again soon-she's got the greatest one waiting at home for her.
"Not knowing how this match would go, two hours, three hours, I don't think they could put the men's semi-final behind the women because they have to come back the next day". Obviously I can compete for the long run in a grand slam. I'm just that person, that vessel, that's saying, 'You can be whatever you want to be. "I can, you know, come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams".
Serena Williams dedicated her performance at this year's Wimbledon tennis championships to "all the mums out there". To win Wimbledon, it's something really special in my career.
'It definitely didn't have any impact on me, ' she added.
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