Watch Husband Ohanian’s Touching Celebration Of Serena’s Run To US Open Final
Serena Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian celebrated her return to the US Open final with a touching Twitter tribute interspersing video of her on-court exploits and the first days of their daughter Olympia a year ago.
Williams suffered life-threatening complications after the birth on September 1 of last year, requiring four surgeries to deal with blood clots.
Ohanian, in a tweet, urged fans to share the accompanying video, saying:
“She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women’s rights. She never gives up.”
“I had this made for @serenawilliams last night after her match with some home videos from 1 year ago this week,” he said. “Help me make sure she sees it! #iloveyouserena”
The video contrasts shots of Williams taking the court at Flushing Meadows this week with those of her in a hospital bed, cuddling her baby daughter.
She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women’s rights. She never gives up.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) September 7, 2018
The audio is Serena’s emotional on-court interview after her semi-final win over Anastasija Sevastova when Williams called her run to a second Grand Slam final of the year “incredible”.
“A year ago I was fighting for my life in the hospital after I had the baby. Every time I step out on this court I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to play this sport.”