This Wimbledon 2018, the focus was understandably on Serena Williams’s comeback this season.
She was the tennis superstar returning from childbirth with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her sights.
Williams, 36, showed the way for working mothers and older athletes to keep striving for more.
But Angelique Kerber’s comeback has some lessons:
About persistence, overcoming weaknesses by developing your strengths, and about sticking to your very fine game plan in a Wimbledon final against an opponent of superior power and experience.
Kerber played a marvelous match and won.
Overcome by the magnitude of what she had achieved, she collapsed on to the ground and covered her eyes.
While Williams came over to her side of the net to share a warm embrace.
Williams, focused on competing for a greater cause, did not.
“To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried,” tearing up in her post-match interview after her unfortunate loss as the Centre Court crowd cheered to offer its support.