During her appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, the 41-year-old mother said her daughter, Olympia, reassured her that it was ‘OK’ after she failed to win at the US Open, adding that she was ‘so proud’ of her.
Serena said Olympia told her that,
‘It’s OK, mama. You just have to do what you feel. Do what you feel, do what your heart tells you’.
Serena recalled the heartwarming moment: ‘It was the sweetest thing ever and I was so proud of her.’
She added that she was at a loss of words from Olympia’s reaction to her loss, and admitted she ‘wanted to cry.’
The star athlete, who shares Olympia with her husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 39, admitted she used to feel uncomfortable when her five-year-old attended her matches.
‘I just was afraid I would get distracted because I would be like, ”Wait, is she drinking? Is she doing this?
‘She came to a match once, like super brief, and I was like, ”Oh my God, is she wearing sun cream?” It’s nuts.’
She added that she would often become ‘stressed’ while playing when Olympia was in the crowd.
Serena admitted that she hadn’t ‘really had her at matches’ until this past summer, when Olympia attended the US Open.
The loss marked the end of Serena’s tennis career.
Olympia couldn’t contain her excitement for her mom as she cheered her on from the stands. ‘Go mama, I’m so proud of you,’ the five-year-old cheered.
Olympia seems to be following in her mom’s footsteps, as she’s been taking private tennis lessons since she was three years old.