Serena Williams' road to her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title is well underway at Wimbledon and she's navigating the scene with her daughter Alexis Olympia Jr. by her side.
"I wake up early, something I never did, to spend time with her. It's nice here because I had a later match. I spent all morning with her," Williams said. "Then she had her nap. Then I spent the rest of the time with her when she woke up. But it's hard."
Olympia has been on the road before, including at Fed Cup and Roland Garros. She now plays a big role in her mom's pre-match routine.
This was Serena’s prematch warmup. ???????? pic.twitter.com/SwuEdKauNe— LaWanda (@lawanda50) July 4, 2018
The 36-year-old was given a No. 25 seeding, and has scored straight-set wins over Johanna Larsson and Viktoriya Tomova this week. In between all of the winning, she's busy being a mom to her 10-month-old baby girl.
Making sure the grass is the right quality for mommy , but the rules around here mean that I have to wear white ???? pic.twitter.com/SuYJFeZ6Y8— Alexis Ohanian Jr (@JrAlexisOhanian) June 28, 2018
"I spend so much time with her every single day. We, like, literally do everything. I really don't like being away from her," Williams said. "I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mom, then go back home and be the mom."
It helps that her husband Alexis Ohanian is a fixture in her player box.
Life has certainly changed for Serena, in more ways than one, since meeting Ohanian two years ago. But one thing hasn't changed—her desire to win even more Slams.
"I feel it was something I was born with. I always want to continue to go forward," Williams said. "I don't like to be satiated with a great result. I want to continue and do more. For me, that's just who I am."
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