'We just wanted her to survive' - Serena Williams' husband puts Wimbledon loss in perspective in heartfelt tribute

A touching online tribute to Serena Williams' resilience by her husband after her Wimbledon final loss has put sporting success and failure into stark perspective with real life.

Williams lost in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, to German Angelique Kerber yesterday just 10 months after giving birth to her first child.

Husband, and Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, took to Instagram following the loss to highlight just what Williams has been through over the past year, undergoing serious surgery following the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia.

In the weeks that followed the birth of Alexis Olympia, Williams developed blood clots on her lungs.

"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," Ohanian wrote.

"We just wanted her to survive—10 months later, she's in the #Wimbledon final.

"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."

The 36-year-old Williams had been striving to equal Margaret Court's all-time record for Grand Slam singles tournament wins, with 24. Williams sits at 23. 

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Watch: Mate Ma'a Tonga stars welcomed with thousands of fans singing beautiful hymn

Thousands of diehard Mate Ma'a Tonga fans turned up to greet their rugby league heroes at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Wednesday night, despite the team's Sydney flight being delayed for several hours.

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The Tongan league stars were welcomed by a beautiful hymn sung by their fans with Tuimoala Lolohea and a few of his teammates joining in too.

Tonga are set to face off against the Kangaroos next Saturday in a historical Test at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.

The Kangaroos first meet the Kiwis this Saturday in a triple-header at Mount Smart.

Despite their flight being delayed a few hours from Sydney the Tongan fans showed their support at Vodafone Events centre in Manukau. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Konrad Hurrell swan dive during dance celebrations makes Mate Ma'a Tonga fans go berserk

NRL star Konrad Hurrell got Mate Ma'a Tonga fans hyped up as he swan dived on stage during his side's official welcome at the Vodafone Events Centre tonight in Manukau, Auckland.

After being welcomed with a prayer and hymn, the Tongan rugby league team joined their fans in celebration with song and dance.

Hurrell was joined by star teammate Jason Taumalolo in dancing with fans on stage, much to the delight of the Tongan fans.

Mate Ma'a Tonga are set to take on the Australian Kangaroos in a historic Test at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland next Saturday.

Hurell and teammate Jason Taumalolo joined fans dancing during their welcome at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. Source: 1 NEWS


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Health expert slams Health Star system, wants it disbanded - 'It's worse than useless!'

We're all trying to eat healthier, but how do you know what's healthy when you're doing your supermarket shopping?

One way is to use the Health Star system that's run by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

But one professor of public health says it's a waste of time.

AUT University's Grant Schofield is calling the system "worse than useless" and the "fake news" of food health, while calling for the system to be disbanded.

Seven Sharp’s Tim Wilson met with both sides to find some proof in the pudding.

Grant Schofield reckons the scheme run by MPI is the ‘fake news’ of food health. Source: Seven Sharp


'Would have liked to seen Jimmy bat a bit longer' - Black Caps coach impressed with Neesham in Plunket Shield opener

He's used to rocking up at the Basin Reserve for the domestic cricket season, but things were different for Gary Stead this time around as Black Caps coach.

The 46-year-old arrived was in the capital to watch the Plunket Shield opener between Wellington Firebird and Auckland Aces on the first day of the season.

"I arrived down here at the Basin this morning, and to not be out there helping with warm-ups and things like that was a wee bit different," said Stead.

"It's been really hard-fought out there.

"We've seen a little bit of rustiness I think from both teams," he said.

"There's been a wee bit in it for the bowlers all day, and there's been some nice innings without quite kicking on for bigger ones."

Stead was perhaps alluding to the innings of in-form all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who picked up where he left off in the pre-season with his first fifty of the campaign.

But he was out shortly after reaching the milestone.

"Would have liked to seen Jimmy bat a bit longer, and I'm sure he would as well."

Stead also confirmed that injured Black Cap Mitchell Santner is expected to be back playing first-class cricket before the end of the year.

"He's had a significant knee operation, and likely that he will be back at first class level somewhere around mid-December (…) but he's tracking really well at the moment."

Stead was in the capital watching the Firebirds host the Auckland Aces on the first day of the season. Source: 1 NEWS