The 23-time Major champion Serena Williams spent some time on Tuesday with her daughter Olympia on their family tennis court. Captured in the right moment, Olympia prepared to swing an incoming ball with her small racquet, focused and ready for a two-handed stroke.
While spending many hours with her mom on the practice court, Olympia also lifted the WTA trophy in Auckland last January, the first for Serena after the Australian Open 2017. Olympia had her first tennis lesson back in October, and Serena wasn't there to interfere and share advice, just making sure that Olympia learns a proper technique.
Serena and Olympia should travel to Melbourne soon, with Williams seeking that elusive 24th Major title that has been running away from her hands for four years. Serena was already pregnant when she beat her sister Venus in the Australian Open 2017 final, taking a break from tennis following that 23rd Major trophy and returning a year later, hungry for more.
Serena missed a chance to wrap up the 17th season in the top-10 last year, finishing 11th but remaining competitive for over two decades. Serena did enough to wrap up 2019 in the elite ten despite a light schedule, missing the honor in the plagued year behind us despite giving her best.
Serena has failed to win a Major title for three consecutive seasons for the first time in a career, still waiting for that tricky 24th Major crown and hoping to end her drought in 2021. After returning to the court in 2018, Williams focused on four notable tournaments, reaching back-to-back finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019 for a strong comeback.
Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia enjoyed time on the tennis court.
It wasn't to be for the American, though, as she suffered four painful losses, unable to play her best tennis when it mattered the most. Serena suffered an early Melbourne loss at the beginning of 2020, preparing for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
The All England Club had to close the gates for the first time since 1945 due to the coronavirus, and Serena turned her eyes on the home Major, seeking the seventh New York title and the first since 2014. The veteran reached the semis for an incredible 11th straight time and made a strong start against Victoria Azarenka before the Belarusian took charge and advanced into the final against Naomi Osaka.
Ready to give it a shot in Paris, Serena went to Europe and battled for the first Roland Garros title in five years. She passed the opening round before withdrawing ahead of the second-round clash with Tsvetlana Pironkova, finishing her season and hoping for a fresh start in 2021.