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Serena Williams reveals why she named daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr

Serena Williams had given birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Junior last month, a little over seven months after winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open

tennis Updated: Oct 02, 2017 19:23 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Serena Williams,Alexis Olympia Ohanian,Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open earlier this year. She was pregnant during the year’s first Major.(AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has revealed that her daughter’s name had been kept in tune with Australian Open, the Grand Slam she had won earlier this year while being pregnant.

In a tweet posted by the American, Williams stated: “Fun fact my daughters initials are AO,” before adding, “as in the Aussie open she won with me @AustralianOpen.”

Williams had given birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Junior last month. Her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, is also the co-founder of Reddit. When Williams had won her 23rd Grand Slam, not too many were aware of her being pregnant, and when the news did break after a few weeks, she had earned accolades across the tennis fraternity.

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However, in a TED talk later, Williams admitted that she herself was in two minds whether to participate in the tourney. Stating that she had come to know of her pregnancy just two days before the year’s first Grand Slam got underway, Williams said: “I was nervous. I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I knew that at that moment, it was really important for me to just focus. It wasn’t very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant — they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out … I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.”

If that wasn’t an amusing story for decades to come, Williams further went on to add that she was aiming to take part in the next year’s Australian Open as well, something experts claim will be an extremely difficult task to pull off given the event’s scheduled just five months after she had given birth.

“It’s the most outrageous plan,” Williams was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense. I used to think I’d want to retire when I have kids, but no. I’m definitely coming back ... If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 18:32 IST