Serena Williams Says It’s ‘Painful’ To Be Away From Her Daughter

August 31, 2019  |  

US Open Tennis Tournament 2019

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Serena Williams loves playing tennis but there’s one downside to it: it takes her away from her one- year-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

Williams, who has made it to the fourth round of the U.S Open, said she has been yearning to be with her baby girl during the tournament.

“I actually prefer playing in the day because I get to go home and see my baby,” Williams told Forbes. “I’ve been missing her the last few nights when I play.”

The 23-time Grand Slam winner said over time her daughter has been getting used to her leaving for work but she is having a harder time than her baby.

“In the beginning she would really be upset when I left,” the Compton, CA native said. “And now she’s a little bit better. I think I’m a little more upset. But at the same time, she definitely still takes it a little hard. She’s still super young.”

Williams added that not being around her daughter, who will turn two on Sunday, can be “painful” at times.

“You know, it’s hard. Sometimes my heart literally aches when I’m not around her. But, you know, it’s good for me, I guess, to keep working and just — to all moms out there that it’s not easy. It’s really kind of painful sometimes. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.”

Tomorrow,  Williams will continue her run in the U.S Open and will face Petra Martic.

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