Serena Williams dedicates Wimbledon campaign to “all the Mums out there” after straight sets defeat

Throughout the 2018 championship Serena Williams had looked as though nothing had changed despite having a baby less than a year ago.

But today it became all to much for the former champion who lost in straight sets to Germany’s Angelique Kerber. The new mum-of-one who said she was playing “for all the Mums out there” on Saturday afternoon was defeated after just one hour and five minutes of play.

Overcome with emotion Kerber fell to her knees following her winning point before making her way into the crowd to hug her coach and family.

Despite Williams’ loss her close friend the Duchess of Sussex was there to console her, joined by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The women embraced on Centre Court following the final Credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP
The women embraced on Centre Court following the final Credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP
Whilst it won’t have been the outcome she had hoped for her time in the final came barely 10 months since the Wimbledon champion was left fighting for her life after suffering complications following an emergency caesarean section.

For weeks after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia she was still in too much pain to walk to the post box never mind play a game of tennis.

Holding back the tears after the match Williams said: “It’s been an amazing tournament for me, I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing but I can’t be disappointed I have so much to look forward to and I’m literally just getting started.


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