Angelique Kerber powered past an error-prone Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday to become the first German player since Steffi Graf in 1996 to lift the crown at the All England Club.
It's possible it wasn't until the 30-year-old German was lying face-up on the perennial rye, her racket by her side and her hands gripping at the corners of her visor, tears sliding down her cheeks, that the focus turned exclusively to Kerber - a Wimbledon champion for the first time in her career.
"I think I'm the next one after Steffi who won - it's incredible", Kerber, 30, said after the match.
American great Williams, playing in only her fourth tournament since becoming a mother last September, had been looking to match Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles. "I was really hoping to get this far", Williams said while visibly fighting back tears.
The motivational message also saw Alexis remember the moment Serena gave birth to their first child together, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September previous year.
The win didn't come as much of a surprise considering Angelique did well the entire match. She played in the tournament as the No. 25 seed, despite being ranked No. 183 in the world in late June. But sandwiched between those two victories, was a defeat at the All England Club.
Speaking after her defeat at Wimbledon, Serena admitted she really wanted to win.
The women's final was delayed roughly two hours so world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and former No. 1 Novak Djokovic could complete their semifinal, which was halted the previous day at 11 p.m.in compliance with the tournament's curfew.
"I knew I had to play my best tennis against Serena".
Strong, fit and determined, Kerber wasn't rattled by Williams' powerful groundstrokes.
"I saw the picture, but that was wrong", she said after her match. Writing about the experience for CNN, Williams said she was grateful to have access to a great medical team, but noted statistics that "black women in the United States are over three times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related diseases". When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was "just me". Everyone was rooting for the new mom in her return to championship tennis, following the hard birth of her daughter, Olympia, by cesarean section, and the medical complications the tennis champion endured afterward.
"I didn't know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back", she said.
The Serbian and Spaniard only made it out on to Centre Court at 8pm, after Kevin Anderson and John Isner battled it out in the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history.
Williams tried everything to get back into the match but her afternoon was rather summed up by the drive volley she placed over the baseline in the final game after a stunning rally.
The Reddit co-founder took to Instagram to pen an emotional tribute to Serena, saying that he couldn't be prouder of the tennis champion despite her loss in the women's final of Wimbledon on Saturday. "I was still pregnant at this time past year".
"It was such an awesome tournament for me", an emotional Williams said after making the final in just the fourth tournament of her comeback. And I'm sure you will have your next Grand Slam title soon.