Even though Serena Williams lost to Angelique Kerber in the 2018 Wimbledon finals last month, to get that far through the obstacles she’s faced is astonishing. After winning the 2017 Australian Open in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant, Williams survived a life threatening condition after giving birth in September of 2017. She suffered a condition called pulmonary embolism, where blood clots travel to the lungs, and she wasn’t able to get out of bed for a month and a half.
Eight months after her near-death experience, she was already competing in the 2018 French Open, one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. Williams was able to achieve three wins before having to resign from the tournament because of a strained pectoral muscle. The recovery was swift for her as the sports legend was able to compete in the women’s Wimbledon tournament the next month, and made it all the way to the finals. Not even a year after her pregnancy, Williams was able to beat the odds and still competes at a high level. The 23 time Grand Slam champion has delivered throughout her whole career and continues show why she’s one of the greatest athletes in all of sports.