At only her second Grand Slam appearance since being pregnant, and giving birth, to her daughter, Serena Williams reached no less than the Wimbledon final. A sure sign that she is back in great form, indeed. However, most important of all is not that, but the message that her return carries.
Her Wimbledon story did not have the perfect fairy tale ending, as the American lost to a near perfect Angelique Kerber in the final. Nevertheless, the fact that she not only played great, but that she went until the championship match, only 10.5 months after a difficult birth, shows that if you really want something, you can do it regardless of the obstacles.
“[This run] was a great opportunity for me”, said Wiliams about her fabulous Wimbledon. “I didn’t know, a couple of months ago, where I was, where I would be, what I would do, how I was going to be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road. So these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete; obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam, and I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
“I feel like I have ways to go. And this is literally just the beginning. So it’s good to just continue that path and just continue to keep going. It was super encouraging to know that I can compete and do well.”
Serena’s message to all the mothers
“I just feel like telling the mums that I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really difficult. Honestly, I feel like if I can do it, they can do it. I’m just the person, that vessel for that saying, that you can be what you want to be if you want to go back to work. For me, after becoming a mum, I feel like there’s no pressure to do that, because having a child is a completely full-time job. But to those who do want to go back, you can do it, you can really do it.”
– Serena Williams
Only seeing her back and doing so well is a great sign, not only for the mothers, but for everyone. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. Not rushing things is, perhaps, the most important of all.
If there is one thing that we could have learnt from Serena Williams’s story, it is this one.