The new definition of “winning”

In case you missed it, Serena Williams lost to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon over the weekend.

But did she really lose?

A beautiful and thought-provoking comment about Williams’ loss from her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, has gone viral – and for all the right reasons.


“Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back. We just wanted her to survive – 10 months later, she’s in the #Wimbledonfinal,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Congratulations, @angie.kerber. @serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soon – she’s got the greatest one waiting at home for her. Our family knows she’ll win many more trophies, too. She’s just getting started. And I couldn’t be more proud.”

Alexis – who is also loudly passionate about positive parenting, and fathers’ taking a big step up when it comes to child-rearing – pretty much nailed this on the head.

Yes, it would have been awesome if Serena won.

It would have been the ultimate ‘comeback’ story.

But it’s also perfectly awesome that she didn’t take home the trophy. As a global role model, it actually sends a wonderful message to the rest of the world: it’s okay not to win. Winning isn’t everything. And when we don’t get exactly what we want, rather than wallowing in the loss, we should look around us for everything we already have.

After all, Serena’s already won so many things – like her health. Considering the traumatic and life-threatening experience she had giving birth to little Alexis Olympia, this in itself is a major celebration.

She’s also claimed back her fitness. We’re not just talking about losing the baby weight, either – as Serena has regained her ability to compete as an elite athlete, at the peak event of her industry. Before her baby even turned one. Talk about inspiring!

Lastly, she seems to have won the ultimate prize when it comes to her husband. He is the very definition of unconditional love, support and positivity.

When she returned to tennis at the beginning of the year, he arranged to welcome her back with four massive billboards in Palm Springs that declared her to be the “greatest mother of all time”.

If she’s not winning the game of life, then I don’t know who is!