It was a tough loss for Serena Williams on Saturday after losing Wimbledon but it was a tougher year for the new mom who suffered health complications and her husband Alexis Ohanian posted a supportive message for his wife.
“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,” he wrote on Instagram.
“We just wanted her to survive—10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledon final.”
“She’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too,” he wrote. “She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.”
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.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) July 14, 2018
Williams tried her best on the famed court but lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams in two sets, 6-3, 6-3. Ohanian celebrated the fact that the tennis star had made it this far
Williams had quite a few twists and turns during her return to tennis and this proved to be a tough year.
“This is not inevitable for me,” Serena Williams said according to Yahoo. She was alluding to the serious postpartum health problems she faced after giving birth.
“I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it, to be honest. I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox, so it’s definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.”
The newly married tennis pro shared her scary medical emergency and recounted how her celebrity did not spare her from what seemed to be dismissive treatment from hospital staff.
“She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn’t worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. ‘I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip,’ she remembers telling the team. The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. ‘I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!’”
Alexis Ohanian posted a message letting fans and haters alike know that the best was yet to come from his wife Serena Williams.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) July 15, 2018
As for Williams reaction, she gave gracious remarks thanking fans and telling the crowd, “”I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today.”
“I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018