Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, has honored the tennis star with a powerful video celebrating his return to the US Open final a year after he fought for his life after the birth of his daughter.
The 35-year-old co-founder of Reddit traveled to his Instagram page on Friday to share the inspiring clip, which is a mix of images of Serena, 36, in the hospital with her newborn daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in last September and his interview on the court after Thursday's game.
"She fought for her life, for our daughter, for recognition, for equal pay, for women's rights, she never gives up, she is passionate and relentless and the most inspiring person I know," Alexis wrote. in the caption
Paying homage: Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams, shared an inspiring video of the tennis star at the hospital with her daughter to celebrate her return to the final US Open
Regards: The couple's daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was delivered by emergency cesarean section on September 1, 2017.
Mash-up: Alexis made the video using home videos and images of the interview on Serena's court at the US Open on Thursday
"I've done this for @serenawilliams last night after her game with some homemade videos from 1 year ago this week – help me make sure she sees it! #Iloveyouserena," he added.
The video begins with Serena being interviewed at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday after she crushed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in just 66 minutes.
"A year ago, you were not here," says the interviewer, and the video shows images of Serena lying in a hospital bed, holding her newborn daughter in her arms for the first time.
The tennis star, who missed the US Open last year due to the birth of her daughter, had an emergency cesarean section. In the clip, she is connected to the cables and wears a naked bra and a hair cap.
"What does it mean to return to the final stage one year later?" The interviewer asks Serena in a voiceover.
"Honestly, it's really incredible." A year ago, I was struggling, literally, for my life in the hospital after having the baby, "she says, her voice full of emotion.
Gratitude: When asked what it meant to return to the final stage one year after struggling for her life after the birth of her daughter, Serena said she was "very grateful" to be able to play
Grateful: & # 39; Every day I go out to this court, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to play this sport, you know? & # 39; she said
Complications: Serena developed a pulmonary embolism 24 hours after the arrival of her baby and underwent emergency surgery before resting in bed for six weeks.
Incredible: despite the complications, Serena returned to tennis only six months after the birth of her daughter
The video shows clips of Serena in the hospital with an oxygen mask on her face and with little Olympia, followed by images of her wearing a black tutu dress designed by Virgil Abloh for her first match of the tournament.
"So every day I go out to this court, I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to play this sport, you know?" she says. "So whatever happens in any game, semifinals, finals, I feel like I've won."
In just a few hours, the clip got over 100,000 views, and many people went to the comments section to praise Serena for being so inspiring.
& # 39; What an inspiring athlete, defender, businesswoman, wife, mother, BOSS! & # 39; One person wrote, while another added: "This made me cry like a baby @alexisohanian, which was a beautiful tribute to your wife, I love you and @serenawilliams and your beautiful girl".
A year ago, little Olympia was delivered through an emergency caesarean section on September 1, 2017, after Serena's heart rate was drastically reduced during labor.
Serena wrote about her deadly experience in an essay published by CNN in February, explaining that she suffered a "lot of health complications" during "six days of uncertainty" after developing a pulmonary embolism 24 hours after the arrival of her baby.
Last week: the clip shows images of Serena wearing a black tutu dress designed by Virgil Abloh for her first match of the tournament
Look of love: in the title of his publication, Alexis called his wife "the most inspiring person I know"
Back: The tennis star crushed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in just 66 minutes during last night's semifinal at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The day after birth, Williams was experiencing difficulty breathing and the scans revealed that he had several blood clots in his lungs.
He was given a drip with anticoagulant medications, but the constant cough of his pulmonary embolism opened the scar of the caesarean and his abdomen was filled with his now diluted blood.
Too cute: Serena celebrated her victory on Thursday by sharing an adorable photo of her baby in a black tutu dress that is identical to the one she wore in the tournament last week
The doctors saved his life by inserting a filter into a main vein to keep more blood clots from entering his lungs, and left him at rest for six weeks.
Six months later, he returned to tennis and won his first professional match after the birth of his daughter.
Serena is now one game away from winning her first Grand Slam title since becoming a mother and her 24th general.
If it beats the 20th seed Naomi Osaka, 20, of Japan in the final of the US Open. UU., Will equal the record mark of all times of Grand Slam titles.
The proud mom celebrated her victory on Thursday by sharing an adorable photo of her baby in a black tutu dress that is identical to the one she wore at the tournament last week.
& # 39; Mama won? & # 39; Serena described the poignant image, which shows Olympia pushing a pink toy stroller.