Serena Williams’s daughter Olympia basks in U.S. Open spotlight



Serena Williams brought the power to the US Open Monday night, but the cuteness quotient was boosted by someone else.

Her daughter, Olympia Ohanian – that’s Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. — offered her own entertainment the moment she set foot at Arthur Ashe Stadium, drawing a celebrity-laden crowd with beaded braids that were a touching harbinger of her mother’s first of six US Open championships in 1999.

She wore sparkly clothes that mimicked her mother’s, snapped photos and chatted with her father while Williams took care of business by sending Danka Kovinic to a first-round victory.

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“It was either she wore beads or I,” Williams told reporters afterwards. “I wanted to do it, but I just didn’t have the time… was so happy when she had them on. It suits her perfectly.”

Olympia, who turns 5 on Thursday, is a child prodigy in her own right. Olympia’s resume, in no particular order, includes making the cover of the September issue of Vogue (the fold-out part; Mom got the cover treatment), owning an Instagram account with over 600,000 followers, and impossibly adorable photos of her antics; and became the youngest co-owner in professional sports when she was part of a group that acquired Los Angeles’ Angel City football franchise at age 3.

In between taking pictures of Mom, Olympia played with her Aunt Isha Price’s hair and sat on Dad’s lap and applauded. Afterwards there was ice in the players lounge.

In the Vogue interview, Williams explained that she is still a few weeks away from a life away from court, a life that includes business ventures and potentially expanding her family.

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“Believe me, I’ve never wanted to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a man I wouldn’t be writing this because I would be playing and winning there while my wife did the physical work to expand our family,” Williams told Rob Haskell. “Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that chance. Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia.

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“I was one of those annoying women who loved being pregnant and worked until the day I had to report to the hospital – although on the other hand it got super complicated [when she nearly died]. And I almost did the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I’m turning 41 this month [Sept. 26]and give something.”

But not quite yet. A second round singles match against second-seeded Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday, as well as the doubles match with her sister Venus, is likely to only increase.

“The crowd was crazy,” Williams said at the post-match ceremony, with her husband and daughter nearby. “They really helped me through it. I was really pumped up, like, ‘Yeah, I got this.’”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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