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Inside Serena Williams' Life as Mother of Her Daughter Olympia Ohanian

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jun 13, 2020
11:30 P.M.

Serena Williams has made a name for herself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. However, she's been taking on a new challenge recently – motherhood.

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Earlier this year, the tennis player spoke about her journey into motherhood and how she's approached it in an interview. She explained that while a lot of things can be discouraging, she draws inspiration from other mothers.

Serena gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in 2017. As it is with every mother, she explained that she had faced a significant number of challenges. However, she did highlight that she's had some advantages.

Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia on the runway of her “S by Serena Williams” fashion show in September 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia on the runway of her “S by Serena Williams” fashion show in September 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

For one, she pointed out that she has been able to set her own time. Of course, that does help and provides an opportunity to do things more easily. This, as she explained, helps her understand the challenges that many women out there face. In part, she said:

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"I work a lot, and I can't imagine working a full day like most working women and then go back to their babies. I'm fortunate enough that I have days off… And that's still hard."

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Simultaneously, she still has to work through the pressure to keep performing at a high level. Given that she's gunning for the record number of Grand Slams, all of this can't particularly be easy. Despite it all, Serena has been unashamed about putting her daughter first. At the end of the day, Olympia takes priority.

Amid the losses, Serena isn't looking to retire from tennis anytime soon.

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The interview also saw Serena speak on the parallels between her journey into motherhood and her career. As she explained, being a sportswoman comes with an entirely different charisma than a mother. One area she touched on in terms of the parallels was in terms of vulnerability. In part, she explained:

"As an athlete, you can't be vulnerable. You have to be strong. As a mom, you're completely vulnerable to everything. And that's what makes it scary."

It hasn't entirely been easy for Serena in terms of her profession. She hasn't been able to win any other major trophy since she gave birth, and she has struggled at several tournaments.

Amid the losses, Serena isn't looking to retire from tennis anytime soon. She believes that she can break Margaret Court's Grand Slam record of 24, or at least match it.

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Serena has already become a role model for many through her sports prowess. Now, she gets to be one for Olympia too. The little girl reportedly loves to play sports. However, unlike her mother, she's more into soccer.

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