This year's US Open is likely the last competition for tennis G.O.A.T. Serena Williams, which is an emotional moment in history all on its own. Monday's historic match was honored in the best way possible, however—Serena Williams' daughter wore her mom's iconic '90s beaded braids to support her mom.
And it's clear that Serena wasn't the only one serving at that match. Just LOOK at how adorable Olympia Ohanian is!
Olympia and her dad, Alexis Ohanian, cheered on their wife and mama with pride from the stands as Serena faced Danka Kovinic.
Millennials will likely remember that Serena and her sister Venus often sported beaded braids when they first came on the tennis scene. It's so beautiful and meaningful to see little Olympia following in their footsteps, particularly at such an important time.
In a recent interview where she reflected on her amazing career, Serena Williams spoke about her decision to wear braids on the tennis court, and how it was rooted in Black pride.
“Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves,” she told Allure in a 2019 interview. “We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be Black in tennis. And that was different.”
Not long after her daughter was born, Serena shared the importance of hair braiding in a post on Instagram.
“Braiding started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. We have been braiding our hair for centuries,” she wrote in the caption. “In many African tribes, braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Because of the time it would take people would often take the time to socialize. It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world. I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter and add another generation of historic traditions.”
Serena's pride in motherhood is also evident in everything she does. In fact, it's one of the main reasons she's decided to stop professionally competing.
In an essay she wrote for Vogue earlier this month, she admits she doesn't feel she can be a successful parent while also still competing as a top-tier, world-class athlete—something male athletes don't really have to contend with. She acknowledged that gender differences in parenting roles, particularly for working parents, are extremely evident.
"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 labor of expanding our family," she says. “Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.”
She's not wrong. And while we're sad to see her go, we hope it's not the last we see of her and her adorable family on the tennis court.