Serena Williams lost Wimbledon, but you wouldn't know it from women on Twitter

Serena Williams (Photo: Getty Images)

Yes, Angelique Kerber just defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. No, Williams won’t yet be going home with her 24th Grand Slam title to tie the record Margaret Court has held since 1973. But in the eyes of many watching on Saturday, Williams was still a winner.

“I was really happy to get this far,” Williams said in her postgame interview, her voice wobbly with tears. “It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed, you know, I have so much to look forward to. … To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried, but um, Angelique played really well. She played out of her mind.”

Not to take anything away from Kerber, who made swift work of her opponent in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, but the viewers at home — especially mothers who know what it feels like to come back from maternity leave — were quick to tweet how much Williams just being there meant to them. After all, she just gave birth to daughter Olympia 10 months ago.

“I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums’ race at sports day last week.” wrote Lucky Soul.

“@serenawilliams is a Goddess,” Emma declared. “I couldn’t run for the bus when my first child was 10 months old. Looking forward to the #USOpen. #tennis #GOAT #shewillbeback

“Serena is an legend,” noted Taryn Thompson. “Who else gets to the final of #Wimbeldon with breastfeeding boobs?”

Many couldn’t help reiterating that the tennis star nearly died of complications from her cesarean section.


Williams’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, was one of those too, writing earlier this week, “Walking to the mailbox was a painful, exhausting challenge for this woman just 9 months ago. This is already nothing short of remarkable.”

Even Kerber couldn’t hold back her admiration for her competitor. “You will have your next Grand Slam, and you will have it soon I am sure,” she said after her win.

When she does, we can’t even imagine what the tweets will say.

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