Serena Williams plays at the US Open finals Saturday after the difficult birth of her daughter a year ago this week. And her biggest fan wants her to know he's proud of her.
Her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, posted a 55-second video detailing her long road back to tennis following the birth of their daughter.
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"She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women's rights. She never gives up," Ohanian tweeted, along with a video that included private footage from a year ago this week. Their daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born on September 1 last year.
The video includes footage from the hospital after Alexis was born by cesarean section due to a dropping heart rate. Williams developed blood clots in her lungs and a pulmonary embolism, which led to intense coughing that popped open her C-section incision. That experience led to a series of health complications.
"A year ago I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby," said Williams, who is ranked No. 26 in the world. "Every day I step on this court I'm so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport. No matter what happens in any match, semis, finals, I just feel like I've already won."
Williams brushed aside Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets to advance to the US Open women's final, taking her a step closer to equaling the all-time record haul of Grand Slam titles.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will meet Naomi Osaka of Japan in Saturday's final after the 20th seed beat American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4. She's the first Japanese woman to advance to a Grand Slam final.
If Williams wins, she'll equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Osaka, 20, said a desire to play her idol Williams in the final motivated her to fight harder in the semifinals.
"This is gonna sound really bad, but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena," she said.
The women's final is at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York at 4 p.m. local time.
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