Serena Williams shares inspiring message after losing at French Open

In a surprise upset, Serena Williams lost to fellow American Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open on Saturday, making this her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years. But that didn't stop Serena from addressing her followers on Instagram with some uplifting words. On Sunday, she posted a motivational message of perseverance that resonated with fans around the world.

"Yesterday was not my day," Williams, 37, captioned the photo of herself raising her arms and racket over her head, a look of frustration on her face. "But it's about getting up time and time again after you fall. Here's to a multitude of tomorrows."

Followers and celebrity friends quickly responded with words of support for the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

Tom Brady wrote, "You got that right," adding a goat emoji, symbolizing the title, Greatest of All Time, (which has been bestowed upon him in football).

"Yes ma'am," responded Eva Longoria, along with three clapping hands emojis.

The Russian-born Kenin, 20, who moved to the US when she was a baby, outplayed Williams throughout the match, shocking fans and even herself with her 6-2, 7-5 victory. "Serena is such a tough player. I'm still trying to process what just happened," she said after the match. "She's a true champion and an inspiration."

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Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot and loosing her third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in two sets, 2-6, 5-7, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts after missing a shot against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )
Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka screams after scoring a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas falls after diving to return a shot against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Sloane Stephens of the U.S. plays a shot against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates winning his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )
Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro prepares to serve against Australia's Jordan Thompson during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a shot against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Japan's Naomi Osaka gets up after slipping during her third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Osaka lost her match in two sets, 4-6, 2-6. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Germany's Alexander Zverev is reflected in a window, left, as he plays a shot, right, against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Williams also had positive words about the 35th-ranked Kenin who played her heart out in yesterday's match. "She played really well," Williams said. "I feel like she, in that first set in particular, hit pretty much inches from the line. I hadn't played anyone like that in a long time..."

After suffering from multiple injuries over the past year and withdrawing from the Miami Open, Williams came to Paris in a positive mindset, wearing an outfit designed by Virgil Abloh and Nike with the words "Champion," "Queen," "Goddess," and "Mother" in French on it.

"Let the Roland Garros begin," Williams captioned the photo of herself posing with Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection and CEO of the Milan-based label Off-White.

This wasn't Williams' first shocking defeat in recent years. Naomi Osaka beat Williams at the 2018 US Open. Osaka was also defeated in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

In addition to dealing with illness and injury, Williams sat out four Grand Slams in the 2017-2018 while she took time off to have and care for her daughter Alexis Olympia.

"I'm glad I came," said Williams of this year's French Open. "But it's just been a really grueling season for me."

Up-and-comer Kenin moves on to the next round where she will face Australian player Ashleigh Barty.

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