On a tearful Friday night at the US Open, the most successful women’s tennis player of the Open Era said her final goodbyes to the game she spent playing her whole life. Serena Williams Alexis Ohanian daughter, Olympia Ohanian attended Serena’s last tennis match as her biggest cheerleader.
Serena Williams, only weeks away from her 41st birthday, had captured the attention of sports fans everywhere this week as she made one last run at Margaret Court and her all-time benchmark of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. This prompted sellout after sellout in Arthur Ashe Stadium and record TV viewership worldwide. Her final match, a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 loss to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round, was the 1,014th of her incredible career.
Williams revealed that she was getting ready to end her tennis career in the September issue of Vogue. She claimed she was evolving into the next phase of her life rather than retiring. It was appropriate that the American, whose influence goes far beyond the confines of a tennis court, would compete in her final match in Flushing Meadows. This is a place where she first made a name for herself as a teenager in 1999 and where she won a tournament co-record six championships.
Williams cried on the court and said, “I thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side for so many years, decades, literally decades.”
“It all started with my parents. They deserve everything. I’m grateful for them. These are happy tears, I guess. And I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t for Venus. Thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason Serena Williams ever existed.
She continued, “It’s been a fun ride. It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life.”
Tomljanovic said about Williams, “What she’s done for me, for the sport of tennis, is incredible,” “I never thought that I’d have a chance to play her in her last match. I remember watching her as a kid in all those finals. This is a surreal moment for me.”
Tomljanovic, 29, entered the tournament in top form, having triumphed in 15 of her previous 19 contests. She experienced personally what it’s like to face an icon on her home court, with 29,000 or more partisan individuals seemingly rooting against her, much like Danka Kovinic and second-seeded Anett Kontaveit before her.
The (nearly) five-year-old daughter of Serena Williams and biggest supporter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., has been courtside throughout her final U.S. Open games as she prepares to retire from tennis. The tennis legend and her daughter Olympia dressed alike for a special event honouring Serena’s stellar career, with Olympia’s braids also paying respect to her mother.
The Cut claims that Serena co-designed the bespoke Nike outfit she wore to win the opening round. The Cut says that the stones were diamonds, just like the Nike swooshes on her special “SW” shoes and the laces that read “Mama” and “Queen,” which were also diamonds. The outfit had a shimmering, gemstone-adorned bodice and a six-layer skirt. The bodice was intended to reflect the Arthur Ashe Stadium at night, while the skirt honoured Serena’s six U.S.
Serena Williams Alexis Ohanian daughter wore a similar outfit to her mother’s while sitting next to her father Alexis Ohanian. She wore a black tennis dress with rhinestones adorning the bodice, a black skirt, and equally glittering black Nikes. In a sweet nod to her mother, Olympia also donned her hair in braids with white beads, just like Serena had done at her first U.S. Open over 20 years ago. Olympia, who has been compared to Serena’s father, Richard Williams, carried a camera as well to take pictures of her mother’s legendary match.
Serena Williams Alexis Ohanian daughter, Olympia made a cameo appearance in Serena’s Vogue photo session too. The mother-daughter pair has many adorable Instagram photos of them posing together.
Serena Williams Alexis Ohanian daughter, Olympia attended the match with her father. Alexis Ohanian is a very supportive husband, indeed. He attended many of Serena’s matches to support and cherish her. And he was present at Serena’s last tennis match too, to make sure that he is present there to buck her up at such a special event.