Saturday at the All England Club, however, her voice quivered with emotion after her pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam title and eighth Wimbledon championship was denied, 6-3, 6-3, by the hard-hitting precision of Germany's Angelique Kerber. For Serena, surpassing Margaret Court (24 grand slam titles) and making more history at Wimbledon will have to wait, despite that she still had an fantastic run given her return from pregnancy just a few weeks previously.
However, Kerber's vintage defensive skills enabled the German to neutralise her opponent's huge power and earned the 11th seed - guilty of just five unforced errors in the match - a 6-3 6-3 victory on Centre Court for her first Wimbledon crown. The longer her career extends, greater the current and future WTA match-ups, and the greater the gift of women's tennis. I'm just that person, that vessel, that's saying, 'You can be whatever you want to be.
Then Kerber all but disappeared, destined, it seemed, to go the way of a player like Ana Ivanovic, the Serb who surged for a season, won the 2008 French Open and never saw another Slam final. "I was really happy to get this far", Williams said after having her 20-match Wimbledon winning streak finally come to an end. But it's weird, I set my schedule so I have time.
During the tournament, Kerber has been fairly more dominant in the shorter rallies, ending in no more than four shots but Serena got the better of the German on two tricky short balls, that Kerber couldn't get back. "I'm obviously disappointed but I can't be - because I'm literally just getting started".
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Asked if she was a "supermom", Williams said she was "just me".
As Kerber held the Venus Rosewater Dish after her dominating 6-3, 6-3 victory over Serena Williams, no doubt her mind will have floated back to their previous meeting on the very same court and the tumultuous journey her career has been on since. I have so much to look forward to.
Kerber made just five unforced errors compared to Williams' 24 as the German reversed the result of the 2016 final. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, OK, I can compete.
'I'm sure you will have your next grand slam title'. And, ultimately, she collapsed on the grass court in jubilation after converting match point, caking dirt on her white dress.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who is a close personal friend of Williams, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, watched on from the Royal Box. Before, she was playing for every girl that's dreamed of picking up a racket. Even she was surprised (pleasantly) with the seeding.