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She might not have won the Wimbledon title this time around (and tied the all-time record for grand-slam titles) but Serena Williams has accomplished more this year than a lot of us will in a lifetime. The world-renowned tennis player returned to her sport just months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian and you never would have known that she nearly died in the process. In honour of her experience, Williams dedicated her game to moms everywhere.

“I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing but I can’t be disappointed,” Williams told the press and crowd. She dismissed declarations that she is a “superhero-supermom” and said that she’s just being herself and doing her best.

“No, I’m just me and that’s all I can be,” she said, “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today.” Williams concluded with some kind words for her opponent (and winner of her first Wimbledon crown) Angelique Kerber. The two athletes shared a tearful hug after Kerber’s win.

Serena Williams hugs Angelique Kerber
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Williams gave birth to her daughter last September and experienced some scary life-threatening complications afterwards that required multiple surgeries and extended recovery time. Despite the medical scare, Williams was back on the court at the beginning of this year and made her return to Wimbledon just 10 months after giving birth. An incredible feat if we ever saw one.

She also brought little Olympia along for the ride.

#Wimbledon ready.

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Husband and father of Olympia, Alexis Ohanian Sr., had some words of support for his wife after her loss. He posted a photo of Williams with the words “just getting started” and wrote a brief but touching letter in his caption.

“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 of their birthing experience.

“Serena Williams will be holding a trophy again soon—she’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too,” he finished, “She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.”

We’re not crying, you’re crying.