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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
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.
Angelique Kerber holds up her first Wimbledon trophy
Angelique Kerber holds up her first Wimbledon trophy Credit: Reuters
“To all the Mums out there I was playing for you today and I tried but Angelique played really well. I look forward to continuing to being back out here and doing what I do best.”
Following her victory Kerber said: “Serena you are a great person and a champion, you are coming back and you are such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us and every person watching.
“I’m sure you will have your next grand slam title soon.”
Williams’ defeat comes two months after the tennis star took a front-row seat at the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding to the Duke of Sussex in Windsor.
Yesterday the newlywed who was invited to SW19 by the Duchess of Cambridge, wore wide-legged cream trousers with a blue and white Ralph Lauren shirt in a nod to the designer who supplies the clothing for the Championship’s ball kids, lines judges and umpires.
The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a Jenny Packham dress with nude suede heels, and matching handbag.
Williams’ journey through this year’s Wimbledon championships has been noted for the sheer pleasure she displays at being back in SW19, coupled with obvious delight that she has got this far.
“It’s been a crazy 10 months. I was still pregnant at this time last year. That’s something I have to keep reminding myself,” she said.
“I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was or where I’d be how I would do or how I’d be able to come back.
“These two weeks have really showed me that I can complete and I can come out and be a contender to win grand slams.”