‘It’s not easy’

Mothers come out to support Serena Williams after she opens up about missing baby daughter’s milestone

Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. (Instagram)

Just days after making an emotional post to social media about having missed her 10-month-old daughter’s first steps while training, Serena Williams, 36, punched her way through to the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday with a difficult comeback victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy. Seeking her first major title since giving birth to baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September, Williams was composed despite falling a set down early to the shotmaking Italian, and rallied to a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over the upstart challenger. But in a post to Twitter on Saturday, Williams was openly distraught after learning that Alexis had taken her first steps while her mother was out practicing.

Remarkably, Williams’ admission prompted an outpouring of support from other mothers who comforted the all-time tennis great and shared stories about times they missed important firsts with their own children as well.

“I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy,” wrote Twitter user Raakhee Mirchandani in a reply to Williams. “But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London — my daughter and I are both rooting for you.”

“I’m a housewife and was in the next room and I missed it. With both of the twins,” added another user named wondermom. “Please don’t feel bad. Be happy for her and be ready for the running after her.”

As the day went on, mother after mother chimed in with words of love and encouragement alongside retellings of their experiences. Almost without exception, they counseled Williams that so long as she loved her daughter — and herself — things would turn out just fine for both of them.

Williams, evidently, is more than strong enough to weather the emotional and practical challenges of motherhood without it detracting from her quest for her 40th Grand Slam title. With only one match between her and the final, she will next face off against 13th-seeded Julian Georges of Germany.

She's like "Mommmmmmmmmmm my friends are looking" #freshfaces

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Below, watch a highlight of Williams clinching her match over Giorgi.

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