Serena Williams said the latest chapter in her tennis life was “just beginning” on Saturday after seeing her hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title dashed in the Wimbledon final.

The 36-year-old lost 6-3 6-3 to Germany’s Angelique Kerber — putting on hold her bid to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam haul.

It also stopped her joining Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam titles in the professional era.

Williams only gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia 10 months ago, and while she looked close to her best at times throughout the fortnight, she could not find her A game against fellow former world number one Kerber.

Considering that the American suffered a difficult childbirth and needed several surgeries to remove blood clots after an emergency C-section, it was a huge achievement to contest her 10th Wimbledon final.

Far from being downhearted, though, Williams spoke afterwards of her desire to improve in time for the U.S. Open.

“I feel like I have ways to go,” Williams said. “This is literally just the beginning, literally just the beginning.

“It’s good to just continue that path and just continue to keep going for me.