What It Means To Lose

July 27, 2018
By si.robi – Williams S. WM16 (20), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50252210
Serena Williams at the Wimbledon finals in 2016

Earlier this month, tennis fans everywhere gathered to watch the Wimbledon finals, one of the most well-known professional tennis matches in the world. (Even royal tennis enthusiasts the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex made an appearance and cheered on their favorite players!) But unlike past tournaments, it seemed like this one had an extra bit of excitement in the air. Why? Two words: Serena Williams. After giving birth to her baby girl last year, Ms. Williams has been very honest and vocal about how tough it’s been for her to mentally and physically get back to the level of professional tennis-playing that she’s used to. After all, before she went on maternity leave, she was ranked #1 in the world! While she fought her way to the Wimbledon finals, her opponent, Germany’s Angelique Kerber, beat her with two very strong sets to win her first Wimbledon title. It was a tough loss, but to Ms. Williams playing in the Wimbledon finals wasn’t just about winning the title–it was about her journey back to playing professional tennis. In her emotional speech after the tournament, she said, “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today. And I tried.” Her message was loud and clear: she tried, and that’s what we all should do … try.