Unfortunately, Williams was unsuccessful in the women’s final against Angelique Kerber, and she gave the most inspiring, and tear-inducing, concession speech as a result. And the emotional runner-up’s interview apparently wasn’t lost on Meghan.
While Williams was being interviewed, the camera cut to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton standing in the royal box, and the Duchess of Sussex could be seen blinking away the tears in her eyes.
If you’re also ready for a good cry, you can watch Serena Williams’ interview now:
"I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today"
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018
Of coming second, Williams said, “I was really happy to get this far.” And while the tennis superstar conceded that it “was obviously disappointing” to lose, she revealed that she “can’t be disappointed.” She continued: “I have so much to look forward to. You know I’m literally just getting started so you know I’m looking forward to it.”
And as for the future, Williams assured the crowd that she wouldn’t be quitting anytime soon. She declared, “To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried. I look forward to continuing to be back out here and do what I do best.”
Williams also discussed how motherhood had changed her life in a press conference later in the day. According to CNN, Williams said:
“Like, my priority is my baby. You know, just being with her and doing things with her and spending time with her, it’s totally my priority… I just feel like to tell all the mums, like I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really difficult, and honestly I feel like if I can do it, they can do it. I’m just that person, that person, that vessel that’s saying ‘you can be whatever you want to be if you want to go back to work.”