Alexis Ohanian On Daddy Duty While Serena Played

Alexis Ohanian husband of tennis player Serena Williams shared photos of himself and daughter while his wife returned to action for the first time since giving birth to their daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr.

The Reddit co-founder is seen bottle-feeding Alexis Jr. at the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday in a picture.

Alexis Sr. shared the photo with the caption: “Dad duty while Mom worked this weekend.”

Serena Williams’ Husband Babysits As Wife Returns To Court

Serena Williams’ multimillionaire husband, Alexis Ohanian, seems to be very much at home handling daddy duty as his celebrity wife sets out to reclaim her dominance in the tennis world

On Sunday at the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, Serena finally returned to official action for the first time since the birth of  her daughter Alexis Jr.

The game didn’t go down well (Serena and Venus lost their doubles match in straight sets)  but the crowd loved her and Alexis Sr. proved he’s knows how to go about parenting.

Serena Williams Returns To Action

Former world number one Serena Williams is back to competitive tennis after a five-month break as a result of child birth as she teamed up with sister Venus for the US team in the Fed Cup.

Although the Americans had already won the tie against the Netherlands, the pair lost the dead doubles rubber 6-2 6-3 in what seemed to lok like a last minute changes.

The scoreline was never a reason  as demonstrated by the standing ovation and loud cheers that welcomed back the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.

And among those in the sell-out crowd in Asheville, North Carolina was baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

“It’s great. It’s her first match so I’m glad she got to see it,” Serena said in an on-court interview.

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Serena, playing her first competitive match since winning the 2017 Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant, had been scheduled to partner Lauren Davis for the match against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.

But with the US having already booked their spot in April’s semi-finals, captain Kathy Rinaldi made the popular decision to pair up the Williams sisters, who have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles together.

Serena Williams and her daughter watch the Fed Cup action

Serena had watched some of the earlier action with her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr

Serena, 36, had already postponed her return this year, missing the Australian Open in January to give her more time to recover from the birth.

She had revealed she was bedridden for six weeks and had to have surgery after her daughter was delivered by emergency caesarean section.

She said last week that she had not yet decided whether she will compete at this year’s remaining three Grand Slams.

Serena Williams Is Back

Serena Williams has spoken out about the “ups and downs” she faced during her year away from competitive tennis but insists she’s now focused and ready for her quest to once more dominate her sport.

Speaking ahead of her comeback at the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, where the United States will begin the defence of its crown against an unfancied Netherlands team, the 36-year-old said she had the benefit of a new outlook following the birth of her baby daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs in the practice,” Williams told reporters. “It also gives me another view, it’s almost relaxing for me as I have nothing to prove. Again, just fighting against all odds to be out there again, to be competing again.”

Some of that struggle was apparent during an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December, where she lost to French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams was beaten in straight sets and appeared a little slow on her feet, even as she played some fine shots.

She had initially targeted last month’s Australian Open for a defence of her 2017 crown, but abandoned that goal after declaring she was not “where I personally want to be.”

Perhaps wary of setting another ambitious target, Williams refused to be drawn on whether she had set her sights on the year’s remaining Grand Slams — the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

For now, she appears to be easing her way in and was not named as the United States’ first or second singles player in a powerful US team that includes elder sister Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe and world number 62 Lauren Davis.

That means she isn’t scheduled to play in either of the singles matches on Saturday which are followed by reverse singles on Sunday — though team captain Kathy Rinaldi did not rule out a change on the second day.

“As far as the lineup, we have the lineup set for tomorrow, then of course we’ll wait and see how tomorrow goes, then we’ll make our adjustments, if any,” she said.

Williams’ comeback run comes as another titan of the sport — Roger Federer — is enjoying a late-career resurgence, also aged 36.

With three singles Slam titles over the past two years, Federer is now intent on reclaiming his world number one ranking, and becoming the oldest man to do so.

“Roger Federer is a really great tennis player,” Williams said of the Swiss great.

“I don’t know any tennis player that has not been inspired by him. I definitely have. Yeah, just trekking on, we keep doing the same thing.”

While Williams is bidding to emulate Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters in winning a Grand Slam title after having a child, she acknowledged the path had not been straightforward and credited her sister with making it possible.

“I have a great partner and relationship with Venus. She’s been really, really positive,” she said.

“There’s moments that have just been hard, getting back out there doing it every day. You have to get used to that, get in the rhythm of that.”

Also credited for a newfound sense of zen was her family life with baby Alexis and husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit whom she wed in November.

“It’s probably been the most fun of my life,” she said.

And though she insists she has nothing left to prove, one professional goal eludes her — Margaret Court’s all-time record for Slam singles titles of 24.

“It goes unsaid 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I’d hate to limit myself,” she joked.

Serena Williams Loses First Match After Maternity Leave

New mum, Serena Williams on Saturday suffered defeat on her comeback from a maternity break as French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko powered to victory in the “first to ten points” final set at the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The championship is an exhibition tournament.

The slow moving 36-year-old Williams looked static and far from full fitness just four months after the birth of her first child and Ostapenko, a 20-year-old Latvian, won 6-2, 3-6, 10/5.

“The first match is always really hard after a break,” Williams said.

The 36-year-old American, winner of 23 grand slam single titles, was making a comeback after taking nearly 11 months off to have her first child.

Her last match was the Australian Open final, which she won despite being two-month pregnant.

“It was good to be back out there. I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much. It was really nice to be back,” said Williams after the match.

“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the Tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” she said, refusing to commit yet to the Australian Open, which starts in a little over two weeks.

“I don’t know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there.

“I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with Patrick (Mouratoglou, her coach) and my team,” she said.

It was the first time Ostapenko had played against Williams, whom she described as her “childhood idol”.

The 20-year-old Latvian was born almost two years after Williams turned professional in September 1995.

Williams was clearly having problems with her serve and was broken five times in the 17 games.

She also stuck mostly to the baseline and only twice charged the net.

She started well, breaking Ostapenko’s serve in the first game of the match. But Williams’ inability to get her first serve going, along with several unforced errors early in the match, allowed the Latvian to break twice and build a 4-1 lead before wrapping up the set 6-2.

Williams’ problems with her serve continued, but she unleashed a few of her trademark double-handed shots on both sides to break Ostapenko twice at the start of the second set to go 3-0 up. By this time she was moving better and she started hitting more winners.

“That’s the really good thing. In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid,” explained Williams.

“I knew I was not going to fall over and break. The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to kind of test where I am at. Not just physically, but also mentally.”

The super tie-break was mostly a one-sided affair as Williams made unforced errors trying to be aggressive.

She was down 2-8 at one stage and won the next three points, but Ostapenko held her serve twice to close the match.

The former world No.1 who gave birth to a daughter in September is hoping to defend her Australian Open title when the tournament gets underway January 15.

Soon To Be Aunt Preparing For Serena’s Baby And US Open

Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams is preparing this week for the US Open and to become a new aunt with sister Serena giving birth to a baby soon.

Ninth-ranked Venus advanced Tuesday to the second round of the WTA Cincinnati Open by eliminating US compatriot Alison Riske 6-2, 6-0 in 66 minutes.

But off the court, she’s doing some online shopping for Serena’s baby, and getting some valuable advice from her mother, Oracene Price, who has raised five daughters.

“I have a lot of things in my cart that I’m about to order,” Venus Williams said. “I talked to my mom yesterday. I’m like, ‘Mom, what do you really, really need?’ So she really gave me the low-down.

“So I’m going to get this stuff and as things progress I’ll see what I need after.”

Serena and her fiancee, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have said they plan to keep the sex of the baby a surprise until birth.

Serena, 35, was pregnant when she beat Venus, 37, in an Australian Open final that was more all-Williams than either knew, winning a 23rd career Grand Slam singles crown, one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record.

In April, Serena revealed on social media that she was pregnant. She is expected to give birth in about another month.

With Serena sidelined, seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus has picked up the family mantle and turned back the clock, making a run to the Wimbledon final last month, losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in a bid for her first Slam crown since 2008.

Venus, who won five Wimbledon and two US Open titles, has been an aunt before, but not when she was old enough to do some serious spoiling and spending on the new arrival.

“This is the first time I’ve been an aunt as an adult,” she said. “So it’s a completely different experience than before when I was a child.”

After a third-round exit in Toronto last week, Williams hopes to put the final fine tuning on her game this week ahead of the year’s final Grand Slam that begins August 28 in New York.

“I just want to play free and feel confident. That’s important,” Williams said. “I need to play my best at all the big events.

“Today was about being measured and being patient and trying to just capitalize on the match.”

Williams, who won her 49th career WTA singles crown last year at Kaohsiung, said she doesn’t feel pressure to win the title this week.

“Not really, but I want to (feel that pressure),” she said. “I want to win every match. The aim is to get out there and be better every single time.”

Serena Williams Speaks About Feminism In her Eight Month Of Pregnancy, And Her Fear For Motherhood

American professional tennis player, Serena Jameka Williams, has appeared on the new cover of an Australia-based Stellar magazine, in which she expresses her fears about starting a family, and what she thinks about feminism.

She recently held a 1950’s themed baby shower.

Serena, who made Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid athletes, told Stellar her thoughts on feminism, her fears and starting a family.

The 35-year-old is expecting her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian and recently held the 1950s themed baby shower, which was well attended by her celebrity friends.

The eight-month pregnant mother shared the pictures of her baby shower on Instagram, with the caption, “When you and your crew go so far back to the 50’s. Even then, they had your back.”

Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined, among active players.