The tennis pro inched one step closer to taking home her 24th Grand Slam title Saturday after besting Sloane Stephens on the court in the third-round matchup between the two champions.
While the typically packed Arthur Ashe Stadium remained almost completely empty over the weekend, players’ friends and family were allowed to watch the matches. So, of course, Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their 3-year-old daughter, Olympia, had front row seats — and both wore masks as a safety precaution.
“I hope that she saw her mama fighting,” Williams told reporters after the match, before saying “Hey, baby,” to her daughter.
But she was quick to joke that perhaps Olympia was a little preoccupied as mom battled her way to victory.
“I don’t think she was paying attention, between you and me,” Williams quipped. “She may have been playing with some princesses upstairs.”
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Olympia did seem to keep her eyes locked on her mom, as the little girl was seen waving to Williams from her seat while mouthing, “Mama.”
The athlete excitedly waved back to her family as Ohanian readjusted his daughter’s mask to stay over her nose.
“Baby 👋 Mama,” the former Reddit co-founder, who wed Williams in 2017, captioned the all-too-adorable moment on Instagram.
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Ohanian has been a mainstay at the tournament, making the most of his camera time by letting his clothing do the talking.
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