US player Serena Williams celebrates a point against France’s Kristina Mladenovic in their women’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /
Serena Williams is so focused on winning an eighth Wimbledon title that she missed baby daughter Olympia’s first steps.
Williams has travelled to the All England Club with Olympia, but her parental duties have to be put on hold while she prepares for her matches.
That means sometimes being away while Olympia is taking major steps in her growth — including walking for the first time.
Williams, who gave birth in September, advanced to the Wimbledon fourth round with a win over Kristina Mladenovic on Friday.
And just hours later, the 36-year-old said she had been in training when Olympia took her first steps.
“She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried,” Williams wrote on Twitter.
The American star last week posted on the Olympia’s Instagram account showing her on one of Wimbledon’s grass courts.
Williams was asked at Wimbledon why she has given her daughter such a public profile, given some fellow players keep their families out of the spotlight.
“I mean, it’s 2018. I’m so modern,” Williams said.
“For me, it was so natural. She’s so fun. I just want to share those moments with everyone.
“We don’t share a lot on her page, but we do share enough. It’s just so cool.”
Williams, chasing a 24th Grand Slam title, faces Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in the last 16 on Monday.