Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia basks in the US Open spotlight


Serena Williams brought 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 soon as she entered Arthur Ashe Stadium, staging a celebrity-laden crowd with beaded pigtails that provided a touching reminder of the first of six US Open championships her mother were in 1999.

Wearing glittery attire mimicking her mother’s, she snapped photos and chatted with her father while Williams tended to business by dispatching Danka Kovinic in the first round with a straight-set win.

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“It was either her pearl necklace or me,” Williams later told reporters. “I wanted to do it but 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 herself. Olympia’s curriculum vitae, in no particular order make the cover the September issue of Vogue (the fold-out section; Mom got the cover treatment), an Instagram account with more than 600,000 followers and incredibly endearing photos of their escapades; and become the youngest co-owner in professional sports when she was part of a group that took over the Angel City soccer franchise in Los Angeles at the age of 3.

Between snaps of mom, Olympia played with her aunt Isha Price’s hair and applauded the action on dad’s lap. Then there was ice cream in the players’ lounge.

in the the Vogue interviewWilliams explained that she is weeks away from evolving into a life off court, a life that will include business ventures and possibly expanding her family.

“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a man I wouldn’t be writing this because I would be out there playing and winning while my wife does the physical work 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’ve enjoyed every second of my pregnancy with Olympia.

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“I was one of those annoying women who loved being pregnant and worked up until the day I had to report to the hospital — though Things got super complicated on the other hand [when she nearly died]. And I almost did the impossible: A lot of people don’t know that 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 on the cards, as are doubles matches with her sister Venus, and the excitement is likely to only intensify.

“The crowd was crazy,” Williams said during the post-game ceremony while her husband and daughter stood nearby. “They really helped me get through. I was really pumped, like, ‘Yeah, I got that.'”

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