Tennis world in frenzy over photos of Serena Williams and husband

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Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, pictured here in New York in 2018.
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian in New York in 2018. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Serena Williams is using the two-week break between the French Open and Wimbledon to relax and enjoy some family time with her husband and daughter.

The tennis great's latest quest for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title ended with a loss to Elena Rybakina in the fourth round at Roland Garros.

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But before she gets back on the practice court in preparation for Wimbledon, Williams has been soaking up the sun with her family in the south of France.

Photos have been circulating on social media showing Williams in a one-piece swimsuit alongside husband Alexis Ohanian at the exclusive Eden Roc resort in Antibes.

Fans were in a frenzy over the rare photos, with many commenting on Williams' impressive physique.

"Serena Williams looks incredible in a colourful swimsuit," one user wrote.

Another commented: "She looks SO good I need to lay down."

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Serena Williams takes record chase to Wimbledon

The 39-year-old American went down 6-3, 7-5 at Roland Garros to Rybakina, leaving her still one short of Margaret Court's all-time record for most grand slam singles titles.

She has not gone beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros since losing the 2016 final, the year after capturing the last of her three titles in Paris. 

Her last major triumph came at the 2017 Australian Open while she was pregnant.

Serena Williams, pictured here in action at the French Open.
Serena Williams in action at the French Open. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"I'm kind of excited to switch surfaces, but historically I have done pretty well on grass," said Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion.

"I have done pretty well on clay too. Just not this particular season.

"It was definitely close. I'm so close. There is literally a point here, a point there, that could change the whole course of the match.

"I'm not winning those points. That like literally could just change everything."

Williams arrived in Paris with just one win on clay this season and was knocked out by an opponent who was just two months old when she won her first grand slam title at the US Open in September 1999.

"I'm in a much better place than when I got here," Williams said.

"You know, (I was) just literally trying to win a match, because it had been a really difficult season for me on the clay."

Asked whether it could be her last French Open, a smiling Williams gave little away.

"I'm definitely not thinking about it at all," she said.

"I'm definitely thinking just about other things but not about that."

with AFP

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