On Thursday, December 27th, Serena Williams kicked off her 2019 season with an exhibition match against sister Venus at the 11th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) in Abu Dhabi. The older sis won the match 4-6 6-3 10-8, but the most memorable thing about this encounter is Serena’s adorable daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. sitting in the lap of her father and clapping to support both her mother and aunt.
RIP my heart https://t.co/hLdFQ5q52c
— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) December 29, 2018
WTA players Nicole Gibbs and Eugenie Bouchard were the most touched by this cute scene.
I just watched this 93737392 times 😩😩😩😭😭😭😍😍😍 https://t.co/WOaS9UGnVL
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) December 29, 2018
Also at the exhibition was Olympia’s doll named Qai Qai, who had her own chair courtside! Did you know that Qai Qai has her own Instagram account with over 72K followers! Crazy!
When it comes to fashion, Venus debuted her EleVen Morning Glory collection, in particular the Glory Lattice Dress, while Serena wore her new pink Nike dress that we speculated could be her choice for the Australian Open, but now that she’s already exposed it at the exhibition, it’s unlikely she’ll wear the same outfit at the Grand Slam.
Here’s how Serena commented on her return to Abu Dhabi, where last December she ended her maternity leave just four months after giving birth in September.
It feels good to be back out there, like old times! We both did well and I’m really happy. I enjoyed it more this year if that’s even possible – and it was a great opportunity for me to play before Australia.