Serena Williams has an emotional message for all the moms watching her after she loses at Wimbledon on Saturday

by Asfa Shakeel

After losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon on Saturday, Serena Williams gave an emotional speech where she particularly addressed the moms out there watching her.

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Serena Williams holds the trophy at the awards ceremony following her victory on January 28, 2017. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Wimbledon’s official Twitter account tweeted out a clip of William’s response to the final. The clip was captioned, “Grace, poise and emotion. A runner-up’s interview given by a true champion.

As she walked off the court after her defeat, she was told by the interviewer, “It’s only your fourth tournament back [since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis], and you didn’t know what to expect. You had such a great tournament, and you played so well.

Nodding in reply, a teary Williams said, “It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really happy to get this far.” At this point, the stands started to applaud the lauded tennis player, and she continued, “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.

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The tennis player said she is trying to rise above the disappointment. (Image source: Instagram/Serena Williams)

The interviewer continued, “You’ve hardly played any matches, absolutely. I tell you, there are mums everywhere that say, ‘How has she done this?’ You are super-human supermum.

To this Williams said she was actually playing for all the mothers watching her. She said, “No, I’m just me and that’s all I can be. But for all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried. But you know, Angelique played really well; she played out of her mind, so you know, it was really good, and I look forward to just continuing to be back out here and doing what I do best.

Serena Williams attends the 2017 Glamour Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

After she lost, Williams walked up to Kerber and the two had a private, quick conversation. The interviewer asked Williams what she had told Kerber during that time, and Williams said, “Well, she’s an incredible person, Angelique is, and she’s a really good friend, so I’m really happy for it. It’s her first title so I know she’s going to really enjoy it and enjoy the moment. So congrats again, it’s amazing.

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She emphasized that she is very happy for Kerber. (Image source: Instagram/Serena Williams)

After the final, Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit, took to Instagram to post a sweet message for his wife. He lauded her for staying brave and strong through delivery even when faced with life-threatening complications, and then for having the same strength throughout Wimbledon.

He wrote, “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. We just wanted her to survive—10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final. Congratulations, @angie.kerber. @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.

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Serena’s husband had a sweet message for her. (Image source: Instagram/Alexis Ohanian)

Social media also came together to applaud Williams for her strength, career and poise.

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and a friend of Williams, was there to see her friend perform during the final.

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