Serena Williams was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. when she aced the Australian Open in January. And now she's just revealed that her child's name is in tribute to winning the tennis tournament while she was expecting.
Last week, the 36-year-old tennis champion - who welcomed her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in September - shared on Twitter: 'Fun fact my daughters initials are AO as in the Aussie open she won with me @AustralianOpen.'
Williams was a few weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam in the Australian Open, which marked her reign as the second best female singles player in the world.
She and 34-year-old Ohanian became parents on 1 September, with Williams introducing their newborn to the world on Instagram, before setting up an Instagram page dedicated to their child.
The sports star recently wrote an emotional letter to her mother, Oracene Price, to praise her strength and thank her being such an inspirational role model.
'You are one of the strongest women I know,' Williams wrote. 'I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter) and she has my arms and legs!
'My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don't know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15-year-old and even to this day…
'Mum, I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.'
She continued: 'I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!
'You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you.
'Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.
'Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I'm not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.'