"She said today she's supporting her mama because I'm coming back!" Serena Williams told her Instagram Live viewers of daughter Olympia, 6 months
Alexis Olympia is ready to start practicing her tennis skills!
“She’s got her Wilson racket,” says Williams, 36, showing off the pint-sized equipment as little Olympia kicks around excitedly.
“Honey, are you supporting Mommy?” she asks her adorable baby girl, who’s sporting a gold pin in the shape of an “S” on her outfit. “She said today she’s supporting her mama because I’m coming back!”
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Specifically, baby Olympia is supporting her mom’s long-awaited return to professional tennis Thursday night, which will be with the Women’s Tennis Association Tour.
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On Wednesday, Williams posted an Instagram video of herself looking excited about her return, also showing off the gold-toned “S” pin she designed for fans to support her and raise money for the Yetunde Price Resource Center, which assists those affected by gun violence and is named in honor of her slain sister.
“It’s official. My comeback is here. This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter,” the athlete captioned the video, noting “her comeback could not have come on a better day” than International Women’s Day.
In January, Williams was supposed to return to the Australian Open —which she won last year when she was about eight weeks pregnant— but eventually withdrew from the competition in September after playing (and losing) her first post-maternity match.
“After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams wrote on Snapchat, referencing her Dec. 30 defeat. “My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ With that being said I am disappointed to say I’ve decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year.”