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Serena Williams says daughter Olympia, 4.5, loves everything she does ‘except tennis’

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Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia

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Serena Williams has revealed how her daughter Olympia has been feeling about tennis lately.

Speaking at the ‘A Conversation with Champions’ panel ahead of the US Open at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, the 40-year-old tennis legend said she and her 4-and-a-half-year-old daughter share all the same interests – with the exception of the court.

“She’s my girlfriend,” Williams said at the forum hosted by Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer of the Today To display. “We do everything together. We go on dates and it’s so cool because she loves everything I do except tennis.

“She’s really fun. I see a lot of my personality in her and it’s just a good time to have her with me now to see what I do on a day-to-day basis,” Williams continued of her little one, whom she shares with her husband Alexis Ohanian.

It’s not the first time the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who was pregnant with Olympia when she won the 2017 Australian Open, has described her daughter as less than impressed with tennis.

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“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes to play the piano,” Williams said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live last September. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of music on the piano.”

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Around the same time, the mom posted an adorable TikTok of Olympia guiding her through the keys, and even singing a few notes.

“Olympia is a boss,” she captioned the video.

Thursday’s forum also featured Serena’s sister Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios ahead of the US Open. The tournament will take place from August 29 to September 11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

There, Serena will attempt to win a historic 24th Grand Slam, before beginning an “evolution” away from tennis, she announced on the September cover of vogue earlier this month.

During the “Conversation with Champions” panel, Serena revisited her definition of what her “evolution” means.

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“It’s more like an evolution of Serena,” she explained. “So to me, I feel like a lot of people could relate to that. Sometimes you just have a platform to talk about what a lot of people can’t really put into words or really talk about. Yeah, it’s just an evolution.

“I’m excited about the new things I’ve done and continue to do,” she added.

Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams and Serena Williams attend A Conversation With Champions presented by Lotte New York Palace

Nick Kyrgios, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams and Serena Williams attend A Conversation With Champions presented by Lotte New York Palace

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And while the star is set to meet Danka Kovinić of Montenegro in the first round on Monday, she also eyes future success off the pitch.

In her vogue trial, Serena said she was “reluctant to admit” to herself or the people around her that “I have to stop playing tennis”. But the founder of investment firm Serena Ventures said she wanted to refocus her attention elsewhere, and she and her husband hope to have another child.

“I never liked the word retirement,” she writes. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I thought of it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to 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 do is evolution.”

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