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It's stunning to think that a year and a week ago, Serena Williams was fighting for her life after giving birth to her baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohaninan Jr. It's been a remarkable journey for tennis' GOAT: She was forced to bail on an early attempt to get back on the court, but she eventually persevered and even won her first match.
Despite missing out on her daughter's initial steps, Serena looked like the player of old while reaching the Wimbledon Finals. But she wasn't just battling on-court opponents over the first year of her daughter's life. The birth complications were just a few of many obstacles standing in the way of her comeback. She had to deal with the French Open banning her black catsuit, some implicit discrimination when it comes to supposedly random drug testing, and the sexism that continues to afflict the sport.
Her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has supported her every step of the way, including taking out some billboards commemorating her return to competitive tennis. That continued on Friday when he shared a video tribute he created from home videos of Serena and Olympia spliced with an emotional on-court interview after Serena won her semifinal match on Thursday.
Serena faces Japan's Naomi Osaka in the US Open Final at 4 pm EST on Saturday.