"I was really happy to get this far", a visibly emotional Williams said in a post-match interview.
Williams gave birth just over 10 months ago, then was treated for blood clots. Over the course of 2016, the powerful lefty won two majors and played in the final of another, and rose to No. 1 in the world.
But now she is a royal, Meghan may have to be more discreet in her support although yesterday Serena made no secret of their friendship.
'I'm sure you will have your next grand slam title'.
Williams had been chasing a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles success and was close to tears at the end, saying on court: "It was such an unbelievable tournament for me". Knowing that no matter what happens, I have wonderful support and unconditional love. Former World No 1 Boris Becker has picked Serena has the victor against Angelique Kerber when the two clash in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Although Williams was on a 20-match winning run at Wimbledon and had lost only one set en route to the final, she was completely out of sorts, spraying wild ground-strokes wide time and again. "Angelique played really well", she admitted.
"I look forward to continue to be out here and do what I do best". But, Kerber beat Williams earlier that year at the Australian Open.
Graf's 22 Grand Slam titles spanned 12 years.
Serena Williams cried after she dedicated her Wimbledon performance "to all the moms out there" after reaching the final just ten months after almost dying during childbirth.
"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today - and I tried", said the 36-year-old American, her voice shaking during the trophy ceremony. I'm only just getting started.
"I just like to tell all the moms, like, I had such a long struggle to come back, and it was really hard".
Kerber looked impeccable during her 6-3, 6-3 win over Ostapenko where she dragged her young opponent all across the court.
"Angelique played out of her mind".
Williams struck back in the fourth game to level up at before rocketing down the fastest serve of the tournament, a 201kph ace, to hit the front for the first - and only - time.
She was seeded No. 25 in Wimbledon this year after the All England Club amended the rules and ranked her in the tournament, instead of following the ranking list that doesn't take into account players' going on maternity leave.
Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.