Surprisingly, Serena Williams lost on Saturday in the third round of the French Open against US American Sofia Kenin, making her the earliest defeat in a major tournament in five years. But that did not stop Serena from addressing her followers on Instagram in uplifting terms. On Sunday, she posted a motivational message of perseverance that resonated with fans around the world.
"Yesterday was not my day," Williams signed, 37, taking the photo of herself, raising her arms and thug over her head frustration on her face. "But it's about getting up again and again after you fall, on a multitude of mornings."
Followers and prominent friends quickly responded with support words for the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
Tom Brady wrote, "You got that right," he added a goat emoji that symbolizes the title of "Greatest of All Time" (awarded to him in football).
"Yes, Ma'am," Eva Longoria answered with three emojis clapping her hands.
Russia-born Kenin, 20, who moved to the USA as a baby, played Williams throughout the match, shocking fans and even her own with a 6-2, 7-5 victory. "Serena is such a tough player, I'm still trying to process what has just happened," she said after the game. "She is a true master and an inspiration."
Scenes from the French Open 2019
Williams also made a positive statement about Kenin's 35th place, which played off her heart yesterday. "She played really well," Williams said. "I have the feeling that she was only a few centimeters off the line in this first set, I had not played in such a long time …"
After being injured several times in the last year, Williams drew positive He returned to Paris wearing an outfit designed by Virgil Abloh and Nike with the words "Champion", "Queen", "Goddess" and "Mother" in French.  "Let the Roland Garros Begin," Williams signed the photograph of Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's collection and managing director of the Milan label Off-White.
This was not Williams' first shocking defeat in recent years. Naomi Osaka beat Williams at the 2018 US Open. Osaka was also defeated in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.
In addition to her fight against illness and injury, Williams completed four Grand Slams in 2017-2018, while she took off to take care of her daughter and maintain Alexis Olympia.
"I'm glad I came," Williams said at this year's French Open. "But it was just a very stressful season for me."
The up-and-coming Kenin moves to the next round where she plays Australian player Ashleigh Barty.