Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia in US Open spotlight


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

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

Dressed in a sparkly outfit that mimicked her mother’s, she snapped photos and chatted with her father as Williams took care of business by dispatching Danka Kovinic in a straight-sets first-round win.

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“It was either his pearls or me,” Williams told reporters afterward. “I wanted to do it, but I just didn’t have the time…I was so happy when she wore them. It’s perfect on her.

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

Between photos of mom, Olympia played with her Aunt Isha Price’s hair and sat down to applaud the action on dad’s lap. Afterwards, there was ice in the players’ lounge.

In the Vogue interviewWilliams explained that she is weeks away from moving into a life away from the court, a life that will include business ventures and perhaps expanding her family.

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“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think that’s fair. If I was a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be there playing and winning while my wife did the physical labor to expand our family,” Williams told Rob Haskell. “Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity. 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 boring women who loved being pregnant and working until the day I had to show up at the hospital – even though things got super complicated on another side [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’ll be 41 this month. [Sept. 26]and something must give.

But not quite yet. A second-round singles match on Wednesday against second-seeded Anett Kontaveit is looming, as is doubles play with her sister Venus, and the excitement is only expected to build.

“The crowd was crazy,” Williams said at the post-match ceremony, with her husband and daughter standing by. “They really helped me out. I was really pumped up, like, ‘Yeah, I get it.’ »

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