Aside from her family and husband Alexis Ohanian, one of Serena Williams’ biggest supporters is definitely her daughter. Olympia. At a performance on The Drew Barrymore Show On September 28, GOAT shared how her 5-year-old daughter comforted her after losing to Emma Raducanu in the opening round of women’s singles, and the little girl’s words might make you emotional too.
“Apparently she said, ‘Go, mom. I’m so proud of you.’ And I was like, ‘What?'” Williams, 41, shared with Barrymore about what Olympia had said in the stands at the game. And follow her Loss to Raducanu at US Open tournament In Cincinnati, Olympia was there to tell her what she needed to hear.
“After I lost in Cincinnati, she came back and said, ‘It’s fine, Mom. You just have to do what you feel.’ And I literally wanted to cry… it was the cutest thing ever and I was so proud of her,” Williams shared.
She also revealed that her daughter only recently came to her games to keep Williams from getting too distracted. “Well, I was just afraid I’d get distracted because I’d be like, ‘Wait, is she drinking?'” she shared with Barrymore.
Indeed, Williams recalled Olympia coming to one of their games once and the thoughts that ran through her mind. “I was like, oh my god, is she wearing sunscreen? How is she? It’s crazy,” she said. “And so I would get stressed. I’m like, ‘oh my god, wait a minute, I have to serve. That makes no sense.”
Williams and Ohanian welcomed their daughter into the world in September 2017, and the tennis pro has always made motherhood her top priority. “We don’t spend a day apart until she’s 18,” she said Fashion in a 2018 cover story starring Olympia, who was just a toddler at the time.
After 27 years, 23 Grand Slams and four Olympic gold medals, Williams announced her retirement from tennis last month an essay for Fashion. “I never liked the word Retirement,” She wrote. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve viewed this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive in how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people… Perhaps the best word to describe what I plan to do is Evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis and into other things that are important to me.”
Between the release of her new children’s book The Adventures of Qai Qai and whatever she does next for her career, Williams will always have Olympia to turn to when she needs some comfort.