The husband of yesterday's defeated Wimbledon finalist, Serena Williams, has offered a heart-warming tribute to his wife on Instagram
Her exploits in reaching yet another final at the All England Club virtually defies belief.
Only ten months after giving birth to her first child - after which she suffered blood clots in her lungs and a pulmonary embolism - Williams found herself in a remarkable position.
The 36-year-old was only one win away from winning Wimbledon for the eighth time.
Only Angelique Kerber stood in her way but Serena could not quite find it in her to tackle that last hurdle, losing 3-6, 3-6.
Alexis Ohanian took to Instagram with a touching message for Williams.
He wrote: "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.
"@serenawilliams 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.
"She's just getting started. And I couldn't be more proud."
The return of the 23 times grand slam winner was never a given following a tumultuous labor and post-pregnancy, and, in her return to the circuit in February, she suffered back-to-back early exits at Indian Wells and the Miami Masters.
She also courted considerable controversy when it was announced that she would be seeded 25 at Wimbledon 2018 despite plummeting down the rankings to a lowly 181.
However, seedings at the All England Club are not based on rankings as at the other grand slam events.
The decision was based on her previous endeavours and the historical significance of her impact on the championship over the years.
Some even suggested that Williams' seeding was too low given her impact and ability, even in the face of adversity.
She responded to the criticism surrounding her seeding.
"I think I would be very ungrateful if I sat here and said the seeding was too low, to be honest," said Williams.
"In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn't get a seed."
The remarkable longevity of Williams, who turns 37 in September, is showing no sign of slowing down and it would take a brave soul betting against her at Wimbledon this time next year.
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