So I said, "If you're going to try, let's go 100 per cent", and she took it and one day in Rome she made the switch in her mind, she wanted the challenge. "You know I'm literally just getting started so you know I'm looking forward to it", she said.
Serena suffered complications after giving birth, including a pulmonary embolism and that meant she even had to undergo some surgeries.
Williams who had hit 44 aces enroute to the final, managed just four today as Kerber's powerful forehand thrusts occasionally passed her racket even before she could react.
He wrote, "Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too". Mommy has to do this.' I cried a little bit not as much as I thought I would.
However, Kerber put on a textbook display of defense and accuracy to nullify her opponent's power and secure a 6-3 6-3 triumph.
"Unfortunately in Paris she was physically not strong but she won the first set against the best clay player of the moment".
When asked if the delayed start to the women's final had any impact on hr preparations, she pointed out that throughout the whole tournament, she had never had a first match on start time.More news: FBI agent Peter Strzok say political bias did not impact investigations
"I also needed to find the motivation after 2016, which was awesome".
"Two weeks ago, nobody expected I can go so far".
In a press conference later, the tennis star said her priorities have changed since her daughter was born.
The 36-year-old lost 6-3 6-3 to Germany's Angelique Kerber - putting on hold her bid to match Margaret Court's Grand Slam haul.
"I think that I tried to enjoy every single moment now". "Without you I wouldn't be here, so thanks", she added.
As for Kerber's serve, the fruits were there on Saturday as she averaged 97mph on her first delivery, 5mph more than she managed while losing to Williams in the 2016 final here. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback.
The American led their head-to-head record 6-2 and a close contest was expected on Centre Court with 11th seed Kerber, the highest left in the draw after a top-10 collapse in the first week of the Championships.
However, seedings at the All England Club are not based on rankings as at the other grand slam events. "Honestly, I feel like if I can do it, they can do it", she said.