Wearing bright clothes that mimicked her mother’s, she posed for photos and chatted with her dad as Williams took care of business by dispatching Danka Kovinic in a first-round, straight-sets victory.
“It was either her pearls or me,” Williams told reporters afterward. “I wanted to do it, but I just didn’t have the time…was so happy when she had them. It’s perfect for her.”
Olympia, who turns 5 on Thursday, is a prodigy in her own right. Olympia’s summary, in no particular order, includes making the cover from the September issue of Vogue (the fold-out part; Mom got the cover treatment), owning an Instagram account with over 600,000 followers and impossibly adorable photos of her antics; and becoming the youngest co-owner in professional sports when she was part of a group that acquired the Angel City soccer franchise from Los Angeles at age 3.
In between snapping pictures of Mom, Olympia played with her aunt Isha Price’s hair and sat applauding the action on Dad’s lap. Later, there was ice cream in the player’s lounge.
In the Vogue interviewWilliams explained that she is weeks away from evolving into a life away from the court, a life that will include business ventures and eventually expanding her family.
“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical work to grow our family,” Williams told Rob Haskell. “Maybe I would be more Tom Brady if I had that chance. Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia.
“I was one of those annoying women who loved being pregnant and worked until the day I had to report to the hospital – even though things got very complicated on the other side [when she nearly died]. And I almost did the impossible: A lot of people don’t realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But I turn 41 this month. [Sept. 26]and something has to give.”
But not quite yet. A second-round singles match on Wednesday against second-seeded Anett Kontaveit looms, as does a doubles match with her sister Venus, and the excitement is only likely to intensify.
“The crowd was crazy,” Williams said during the post-game ceremony, with her husband and daughter standing nearby. “They really helped pull me through. I was really excited, like, ‘Yeah, I got this.’”