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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Serena Williams' husband proud of her Wimbledon run despite final heartbreak

Serena Williams' husband has said he "couldn't be more proud" of the Wimbledon runner-up after her remarkable performance at the All England Club.

The 36-year-old American gave birth to daughter Olympia last September but complications including blood clots in her lungs put her life in danger.

She needed surgery and was bed-bound for weeks, but Williams has managed to overcome those difficult days and resume her tennis career.

In her fourth tournament back, just 10 months after becoming a mother, Williams fought her way through the Wimbledon field to reach the final. An eighth title was just out of reach, Angelique Kerber edging her out 6-3 6-3 on Saturday.

Williams married businessman Alexis Ohanian in November, and he paid tribute to her achievements in London.

He wrote on Instagram: "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.

"Congratulations, @angie.kerber.

"@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."

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