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Serena Williams Misses Her Baby’s First Steps While Training for Wimbledon

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On Saturday, Serena Williams posted on Twitter that she had missed her and Alexis Ohanian’s 10-month-old baby, Alexis Olympia made her initial steps while she was preparing at the All England Club for Wimbledon.

“She made her first strides… I was preparing and missed it. I cried,” Serena tweeted.

On Friday, Serena beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(1) at Wimbledon, accomplishing the fourth round as she continues with her expert tennis return after her pregnancy. Serena had traveled to England with her baby and posted a photograph of her daughter sitting on a tennis court.

The tennis star had started her maternity leave after she recorded her 23rd Grand Slam title in January 2017 at the Australian Open—when she was nine weeks pregnant. She missed contending in last year’s Wimbledon due to her pregnancy.

Serena came back to play tennis in December, four months post giving birth, losing a match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. In March, Serena played her first official tennis match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. In May, she played in the French Open, where she won her first significant match since turning into a mother.

“In some bizarre way, I still desire to be the best in what I do, whether it’s tennis or fashion. I simply need to be the best and I need to work the hardest. Likewise, I need to be the best mother,” Serena told E! News that month. “Why confine me?”

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