‘I’m hoping not’: Serena Williams’ shock reveal about daughter

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Serena Williams (pictured left) training her daughter Olympia ahead of the Australian Open 2021 and (pictured right) holding her daughter.
Serena Williams (pictured left) often posts videos training with jer daughter Olympia. (Images: Instagram/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has opened up about her daughter's tennis videos and said she hopes Olympia doesn't go into the sport.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has taken time off since her Wimbledon campaign after she was forced to withdraw with injury, which saw her skip the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

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However, the 39-year-old has been kept busy with her business empire ever-growing.

Now, Williams has opened up about her daughter's talent as a tennis player.

Williams often posts videos of training sessions with her four-year-old daughter and Olympia clearly takes after her mother with some incredible skills.

However, Williams was forthright when asked about whether she wants Olympia to try her hand in the sport.

And the answer might surprise some.

“I’m hoping not, but [tennis is] the only thing that we can do socially distanced so, she’s spending more and more on the tennis court," she said during an interview with Refinery 29.

"I’m like, 'what’s happening here?'” Williams said laughing.

Williams wasn't keen on Olympia facing the unruly pressure that would come with the global sport and said the videos are mainly for fun.

“Pressure, expectation. Those are just a few things that come to mind immediately," she added about why she wouldn't want Olympia to follow in her footsteps.

“I just think she’s cute!”

Serena Williams withdraws from Cincinnati Open

The US Open lead-up event is missing some serious star power, with the Williams sisters and former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin the latest to withdraw.

Serena announced that she's still recovering from the leg injury that saw her retire hurt in the first round at Wimbledon.

"Unfortunately, I will not be playing in the Western & Southern Open next week as I am still in recovery from my leg injury at Wimbledon," the two-time champion said in a tournament press release.

"I will miss all of my fans in Cincinnati whom I look forward to seeing every summer. I plan to be back on the court very soon."

Williams has been promoting the movie, King Richard, which she was executive co-producer on.

The biopic follows Venus and Serena's life as a child with actor Will Smith playing their father Richard Williams.

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