She finds it ‘really kind of painful’ being away from her baby daughter.
Tennis ace Serena Williams is currently competing in the US Open at Flushing Meadow, New York, and she has revealed that her toddler Alexis Olympia – who turns two on Sunday – gets ‘upset’ when she has to leave for work and admitted her ‘heart literally aches’ when she can’t be with her.
The 37-year-old sports star shares Alexis with her Internet entrepreneur husband Alexis Ohanian, 36. And she told Forbes on Friday: ‘I actually prefer playing in the day because I get to go home and see my baby.
Darling girl: Tennis star Serena Williams, who is playing in the US Open, revealed she finds it ‘really kind of painful’ being away from daughter, Alexis Olympia, in an interview with Forbes
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‘I’ve been missing her the last few nights when I play. In the beginning she would really be upset when I left. 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.’
Serena says that while it’s tough not always being there for her daughter, she says it’s ‘good for her’ to be able to work.
Fierce mom: The 37-year-old sports star showed off her fabulous form when she beat Carolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in the Women’s Singles Round Three match at the US Open in Flushing Meadow New York on Thursday
She continued: ‘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.’
Serena previously admitted she ‘doesn’t know’ how she juggles running her fashion business with her tennis career, training and her responsibilities as a mother.
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She previously told Teen Vogue: ‘I go to bed every night thinking, “How did I get through this day?”
‘I’m sure a lot of people out there can relate, right? It’s like, this day is over, it’s 10 o’clock, I got through it. How did that happen? That’s kind of how I am.
‘I just take it as it is and realize that everyone goes through the same thing.’
Rivaling the sun: Serena looked stunning in a bright yellow gown trimmed with red leaves at the Met Gala Ball with husband Alexis Ohanian in a white tuxedo in New York City in May