Serena Williams knows that what she’s doing – by making it back to the Wimbledon final so quickly after going through a life-threatening experience while giving birth to her daughter last September – is incredible.
After advancing, she summed up her feelings in brief caption along with a photo of herself celebrating during her semifinal win over Julia Gorges: “Can’t help but smile. See you Saturday, Wimbledon!”
In her press conference, Williams talked about how amazing it is to be where she is now. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles in singles in her career so far, but this one would be different. She said:
“It’s no secret I had a super tough delivery. I lost count after like four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries, and it was just routine. Every day I had to have a new surgery, and it was because all of the blood issues I have, I was really touch and go for a minute … It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox. I was saying a lot of people are saying, ‘Oh she should be in the final.’ But for me, it’s such a pleasure and a joy because less than a year ago I was going through so much stuff.”
“I don’t know if it’s been the toughest because I have Olympia (her daughter), and for me, I only see joy out of it. In a way, it’s by far the toughest, but in a way, it’s by far the best.”
Both her husband and her daughter are cheering her on. Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the final on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.