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Tennis Star Serena Williams' 2nd Birthday Tribute to Daughter Olympia after Round 16 of US Open

Mary Scott
Sep 02, 2019
11:20 A.M.

Serena Williams is one proud mama as she pays tribute to daughter Olympia Ohanian on her 2nd birthday.

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Serena can probably fill rooms with her accolades, but none mean as much to her like the birth of her daughter with husband, Alexis Ohanian.

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The tennis pro took to Instagram on Sunday, September 1, with a candid shot from Olympia’s delivery and a message that has our hearts melting.

“The last 2 years have been my greatest accomplishment,” Serena wrote alongside a pic of her cradling the newborn in a hospital bed while Alexis looked on.

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SOCIAL MEDIA REACTIONS

“This photo just made me tear up. So beautiful,” plus-size model Ashley Graham commented under Serena’s post.

“Love you guys!!” another fan wrote. “Such wonderful humans that are constantly inspiring the world.”

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DADDY'S GIRL

Alexis, 36, also celebrated he and Serena’s daughter in an emotional post. Sharing a pic of their hands intertwined with Olympia’s, the tech mogul wrote:

“How has it already been two years? Happy cake day @olympiaohanian Thank you for being the greatest thing we've ever done.”

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HOW SERENA SPENT OLYMPIA'S BIG DAY

For Serena, 37, part of Olympia’s birthday was spent competing in the Round of 16 at the US Open. The 23-time Grand Slam winner faced-off with Croatia’s Petra Martić to advance to the quarterfinals.

Late last month, Serena opened up about her struggle to balance a career with motherhood. “I actually prefer playing in the day because I get to go home and see my baby,” she told Forbes. “I’ve been missing her the last few nights when I play.”

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SERENA'S STRUGGLE

Serena added:

“In the beginning, she would really be upset when I left. And now she's a little bit better. I think I'm a little more upset. But at the same time, she definitely still takes it a little hard. She's still super young. …You know, it's hard. Sometimes my heart literally aches when I'm not around her.”

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NO BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Despite Serena and Alexis’ undeniable love for their daughter, Olympia will not be having a birthday bash or marking the milestone with any celebration.

The world-renowned athlete revealed in a press conference last year that her faith has a Jehovah’s Witness prohibits birthday celebrations. “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that,” she had said.

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According to the Christian group’s website, birthday celebrations “have pagan roots” and “the Bible never refers to a servant of God celebrating a birthday.”

Olympia may not be missing much, however, since dad and mom don’t mind throwing her a party “just for fun,” like the carnival-themed affair she enjoyed in February.

Happy birthday, Olympia!

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