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What Could Be More Legendary? Serena Williams Shares Inspiring Message After Her Defeat At Miami Open

March 26, 2018

In every dark cloud, there is always a silver lining. Serena Williams is turning her loss to twenty-year-old, Naomi Osaka, into a teachable moment.

Because when you're as legendary as Serena, that's exactly what you do. After all, with every loss, there’s something to gain.

Getting back in the game.

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The tennis pro announced her return to court five months after giving birth. Serena gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September 2017.

She was scheduled to play in the Australian Open in January but decided to pull out of the event after her loss to Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open on December 30, 2017.

Having won 2017 open when she was a few weeks pregnant with Olympia, Williams noted that, "the memory of last year's Open [2017] is one that I will carry", and that she looked forward to coming back to compete again in the future.

Her inspiring message

Serena might be out of the Miami Open, but she says she's making progress. Williams' run at the 2018 version of the tournament came crashing to a halt after just 77 minutes of play Wednesday against Naomi Osaka.

The Indian Wells champion defeated Williams in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 at the stadium court on Key Biscayne. The eight-time Miami Open champion did not do a post-match interview after her loss to the 20-year-old but posted a message for her fans Thursday on Instagram.

The "#WhatIsYourS" hashtag is a reference to a campaign Williams started with a message on social media on March 7. She is wearing and giving out pins with the letter "S" and challenging her fans to come up with one "S" word in their lives that means something to them.

She says when she wears her "S" pin, she represents strength and sureness.

The 23-grand slam victor continued to train and to work out throughout most of her pregnancy—she was smashing medicine ball slams through till the eighth month. With her delivery came serious complications.

It included an emergency C-section followed by a pulmonary embolism (a potentially life-threatening condition in which blood clots travel to the lungs) as well as hemorrhaging at the site of her C-section stitches.

The process to return to a fitness routine after pregnancy is different for everyone. So we're happy to see her take the time she needs to heal; we'll be ready when she gets her strength back.

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