Serena Williams’s Husband Alexis Ohanian Says ‘She’s Just Getting Started’ After Loss in Wimbledon Final

There was to be no fairytale ending as Serena Williams sought to win a 23rd Grand Slam title just 10 months after suffering life-threatening complications from giving birth to her first child. But, despite a painful loss to German Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s Wimbledon final, Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian said she was “just getting started.”

Ohanian released an Instagram post shortly after Williams’s defeat outlining what his wife had gone through to get back to the biggest stage in tennis.

“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 wrote. “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.”

In an emotional on-court interview following her 6-3 6-3 defeat to 11th seed Kerber, Williams offered a similar message of defiance while paying tribute to all mothers watching.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” she said. “I was really hoping to get this far,” Williams said while visibly fighting back tears. “It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.

“I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today.”

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Jason Le Miere