Wimbledon 2018: Alexis Ohanian’s emotional tribute for wife Serena Williams

first_imgReddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said he is a “proud” husband after his wife Serena Williams ended runner-up to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon 2018 final in London on Saturday.This was Serena’s first Wimbledon since she married to Ohanian in November last year.The 36-year-old lost 6-3 6-3 to Kerber — putting on hold her bid to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam haul.It also stopped her joining Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam titles in the professional era.Serena only gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia 10 months ago, and while she looked close to her best at times throughout the fortnight, she could not find her A game against the German at the All England Club.”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 soonshe’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,” Alexis Ohanian wrote on Instagram.Serena spent a year on maternity leave and returned in March but had contested only seven matches prior to Wimbledon, arriving as the 181st-ranked player in the world.”JUST THE START”She was bumped up to 25th seed courtesy of her seven titles at the All England Club — the most recent in 2016 — and more than justified that decision. She will now be ranked back in the top 30.”I feel like I have a ways to go,” Williams said. “This is literally just the beginning, literally just the beginning.”It’s good to just continue that path and just continue to keep going for me.”I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road.”I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.”I took a giant step at Wimbledon. But my journey has just begun. Just have to keep going.””WONDERFUL SERENA”American great Billie Jean King said William’s run to the final so soon into her return showed how special she is.”It was a big day for Serena and it didn’t come true, but let’s face it, this shows what a wonderful athlete she is,” four-time Wimbledon champion King said.”Most people would not even be able to be here. I think by losing, it will incentivise her even more to do well for the rest of the year, to get really fit and get back. She will want to win it really badly next year.”ROYAL SUPPORTThe Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively, stepped out for their first solo outing together on Saturday and it was for a Wimbledon match.While Middleton is a regular feature at Wimbledon matches, which she has attended along with her sister Pippa Middleton and her husband Prince William, Markle has only been spotted at the Centre Court only a couple of times.Back in 2016, when Markle was still an actress and philanthropist, she came to cheer for Serena during the Wimbledon final, which the latter won against Kerber.Markle, who is a close friend of Serena, was in the Royal Box to cheer for her friend and was seen looking visibly down after the American lost the match.Markle made an appearance in a striped blue and white shirt, which she paired with white trousers while Middleton floored in a patterned dress.Angelique Kerber’s dream comes true after maiden Wimbledon crownadvertisementSerena, ahead of the match, had spoken about her friendship with Markle, that dates back to 2010.The two reportedly first met at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. After that, they were clicked together a couple of times at the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey and then at the launch of Serena’s clothing line during New York Fashion Week in 2016.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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