Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton Watch Serena Williams In Wimbledon Final

When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was "just me".

Serena suffered complications, including a pulmonary embolism, that led to several surgeries, after giving birth to her daughter via C-section.

In a final where all the pre-match babble was of Serena Williams' extraordinary return to winning ways 10 months after the birth of her first child, Kerber was on a quest of her own. I have so much to look forward to and I'm only just getting started. I knew I was going to have more of a chance winning Wimbledon with Angie.

"When you've reached the top players have nothing to lose when they play against you", she said.

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".

The American is just 14 matches into her comeback after more than a year off on maternity leave and says while her priorities have changed, her hunger remains undiminished.

And Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, shared a story putting into perspective just how much Williams had come back from.

"I also needed to find the motivation after 2016, which was unbelievable. I was really happy to get this far". "Serena is a great person and a great champion and she is a great inspiration for all of us". "Without you I wouldn't be here, so thanks", she added.

At 1-1 in the second set of Kerber's 6-3, 6-3 victory, Williams fiercely struck a forehand drive volley in the German's direction, but missed her opponent and the court as the ball went long.

"I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete".

For Serena, surpassing Margaret Court (24 grand slam titles) and making more history at Wimbledon will have to wait, despite that she still had an fantastic run given her return from pregnancy just a few weeks previously. Anderson played for more than 6 1/2 hours Friday before getting past John Isner in a 26-24 fifth set; it's the second-longest match in Grand Slam history. To win Wimbledon, it's something really special in my career.

Kim Clijsters, the 2005 U.S. Open champion, came out of retirement to win the title twice more as a mother, in 2009 and 2010.

'She's a really good friend so I'm really happy for her.

"Kerber found the chalk with chilling frequency to become Germany's first women's champion since Steffi Graf in 1996".

Playing her first slam final since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while two months pregnant, in only her fourth tournament back, it was perhaps no surprise that Williams started nervously.

  • Kyle Peterson