Venus Williams Sends a Message to Serena Williams After Wimbledon 2017 Loss

Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the Venus and Serena Williams Court of Champions dedication ceremony in Compton, California, on November 12, 2016. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

The Williams sisters have an unbreakable bond. Venus Williams sent a sweet message to Serena Williams on Saturday, July 15, after being defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza in the 2017 Wimbledon finals.

“I miss you,” Venus, 37, told Serena, 35, after the match in a video posted by BBC Tennis. “I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think there will be other opportunities. I do.”

Serena did not compete in this year’s Wimbledon championship as she is pregnant with her first child. Venus and Serena’s mother, tennis coach Oracene Price, attended Saturday’s match to support Venus.

Oracene Price
Oracene Price looks on after her daughter Venus Williams was defeated in the Ladies Singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain on day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon in London, England on July 15, 2017. David Ramos/Getty Images

Venus was bidding to become the eldest woman in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title on Saturday, though she was defeated by Muguruza in a 7-5, 6-0 victory. The Spaniard, 23, previously lost to Serena in the 2015 Wimbledon finals.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams during the Ladies Singles final against Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain on day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon in London on July 15, 2017. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

“When I was a little girl, I was watching these finals. I was watching Venus,” Muguruza said after her big win, via ESPN. “I know it sounds incredible. To be able to play against her and now hold the big trophy, it means a lot.”

Venus made headlines in June after she was involved in a fatal car accident in Florida. She broke down in tears during a July 3 press conference when she was asked about the crash, which left 78-year-old Jerome Barson hospitalized with serious injuries. He died two weeks later. “Completely devastating,” Venus said before getting choked up and leaving the conference.

Palm Beach Gardens police later confirmed that the tennis star had “lawfully” entered the intersection at the time of the accident, contrary to previous reports claiming she was at fault.

Serena, meanwhile, is due give birth later this year. She is engaged to Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.

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