'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. 

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland.  (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Source: Getty



Video: Police release bodycam to prove Chicago man shot dead was armed, amid protests

A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, footage released today from an officer's body-worn camera shows.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it's the quickest he has ever ordered such video released and that he hoped to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed.

He also hoped that making the 30-second clip public would prevent another violent confrontation between residents and officers.

Protesters angry about the killing took to the streets today in a city that's struggled with police shootings, especially against black men and other minorities.

Some threw rocks and bottles at officers — including ones filled with urine — and police pulled people to the ground and hit them with batons.

"The community needs some answers and they need them now," Johnson told reporters today. "We can't have another night like last night."

He said Augustus' family was in favor of releasing the video for the same reason.

Four protesters were arrested in the clash, and some police officers suffered minor injuries. Two squad cars also were damaged.

It's not fully clear why officers initially approached Augustus. On Saturday, patrol chief Fred Waller said officers patrolling on foot tried to question Augustus over a "bulge around his waistband" that suggested he was armed.

The video, which lacks sound, shows four officers approaching Augustus on Saturday outside a store on the city's South Side.

An officer points to Augustus' waist and he backs away. Three officers try to grab his arms and he tries to get away, backing into a police cruiser as his shirt flies up, showing the gun.

The footage pauses and zooms in on the weapon, which police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on today said was done to ensure a semi-automatic handgun in its holster and two bullet magazines tucked into Augustus' waist could be seen clearly.

Augustus then runs away and into the street as a police SUV drives up. He spins and darts between the SUV and the police cruiser as he reaches toward his waist.

Augustus did not fire his weapon and the footage does not show him pulling the gun out of its holster.

Police also released a 50-second slow-motion clip showing Augustus reaching toward his waist. It's not clear if he was going for the weapon.

Guglielmi said Augustus did appear to try to grab something at his waist.

Johnson would not elaborate on why officers had initially approached Augustus.

Medical examiners said Augustus died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Augustus had no recent arrest history, Guglielmi said, without elaborating.

He had a valid firearm owners' identification card but detectives have found no documentation that he had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Johnson said.

Gloria Rainge, who lives in the area, told the Chicago Sun-Times that Augustus — known in the Grand Crossing neighborhood as "Snoop" — worked at a barbershop and had a 5-year-old daughter.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called the shooting a tragedy and said in a statement that it's a blessing Augustus didn't have his daughter with him Sunday.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates shootings involving officers, said it was analyzing the video and asking anyone who may have captured cellphone footage to share it with the agency.

It was at least the third time in the last two weeks that a Chicago police officer shot someone.

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings.

The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing a white police officer shoot a black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald, 16 times a year earlier.

The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder.

McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms meant to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

Jackson referenced the case as he called for video into Augustus' shooting to be released.

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Watch: Kiwi Tour de France star slams into road, suffers multiple injuries, but bravely vows to ride on

Kiwi cyclist Dion Smith has suffered multiple injuries after crashing on stage nine of the Tour de France today.

The 25-year-old will ride on in the famous race, despite receiving a fracture in his left thumb, bruised ribs, a bruised cheek and cuts to his hand, after crashing into Spanish rider Mikel Landa when he came off his bike in front of Smith.

The team Smith rides for, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, tweeted that their team doctor was confident he would be taking part in Stage 10, starting tomorrow night, following tonight's rest stage. 

"It was carnage," Smith told Newshub. "I was on a cobble section and everyone locked up in the bunch and I flipped over my handle bars.

"I suffered no serious injuries so I guess it isn't too serious."

Belgium's Greg van Avermaet holds the race leader's yellow jersey, while Smith is currently tied for second in the race to win the polka-dot jersey for king of the mountains. 


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