That meant Williams fell short in her bid to match Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles crowns, but the veteran is adamant reaching the final is the beginning of her comeback and not the end. I was really hoping to get this far. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam.
So, if Williams can be believed, she is looking forward because the future, and not the past, is where the possibilities exist. "I'm literally just getting started".
She needed surgery and was bed-bound for weeks, but Williams has managed to overcome those hard days and resume her tennis career. Serena has made no secret of the challenges she's faced returning to the competitive circuit, from missing her daughter's first steps to making the decision to stop breastfeeding. After another two months away, she played in the French Open in May, withdrawing in the fourth round with an injured pectoral muscle.
The new mum has returned to the world's top 30 in the WTA rankings released on Tuesday after finishing runner-up at the All England Club.
Williams married businessman Alexis Ohanian last November and he paid tribute to her achievements in London. When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was "just me".
"It's always a challenge playing against the best".
"Angelique played really well", Williams said.
There was to be no fairytale ending as Serena Williams sought to win a 23rd Grand Slam title just 10 months after suffering life-threatening complications from giving birth to her first child. She was also in line to become only the fourth mother after Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Kim Clijsters to win a major title in the Open Era.
Williams' play was tight right from the outset. During this time, Williams four times filed through, committed two double faults and implemented a single break point. "Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too", he wrote.
Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber battled back from first-round humiliation and a drastic tumble down the seedings to lift the title.
"She was playing very different to me, a lot of slice and playing strong off the forehand and having a good serve", Kerber told reporters. It would be her last tournament for more than a year, in part because of a series of medical procedures that followed a hard childbirth.
Soon enough, she was down on the grass, celebrating the moment and caking dirt on her white dress.
"This is something special", Kerber said.
Two-time former US Open champion Tracy Austin said: "There's no doubt, it's just she needs more time".