Beaten Wimbledon finalist Serena Williams said she was playing “for all the mums out there” after losing to an inspired opponent in Angelique Kerber.

The 36-year-old American returned to the tour this season after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia and became first mother in 38 years to reach the final at the All England Club.

“For all the mums out there I was playing for you today, I tried. Angelique played out of her mind. She’s an incredible person and a really good friend so I’m really happy for her, Williams said.