Serena Williams is gearing up for what might be one of her last tilts at the French Open crown, but if it is to be her final bow, she’ll be doing it in style.
Eagle-eyed fans have spotted the stunning details on the 39-year-old’s Nike shoes, including a range of motivational slogans.
But most importantly, and most prominently, is the name of her three-year-old daughter Olympia.
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It may be a tactical move for the American to have her daughter’s name on her shoe — if she’s ever feeling frustrated and down for the count, all it takes is one glance at her footwear to remind herself why she still takes to the court.
Williams is hoping to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Other than the name of her daughter, Williams also has “never stop fighting” and “I’ve grown most not from victories but setbacks” included on the shoe among a raft of smaller, more intricate designs.
Williams is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her equal with controversial Australian Margaret Court’s record.
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The American’s preparation for the French Open hasn’t exactly gone to plan, bowing out of the Italian Open in the first round in straight sets to Argentine Nadia Podoroska.
It was Williams’ first hit out since a loss in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
The Michigan native was not alone in terms of a horror show in Rome. Naomi Osaka crashed and burned in the first round too, losing in straight sets to Jessica Pegula.
Williams had a nightmare Italian Open. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)Source:AFP
Osaka has also come under criticism off the court, as she elected to not participate in any post-match media engagements in what is a world-first in tennis.
Rafael Nadal and Australia’s Ash Barty weighed in on Osaka’s controversial decision, with Barty stating “we know what we sign up for as professional tennis players.”
Serena Williams will begin her record-equalling quest against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, as she looks to defy the critics to win at Roland Garros for the fourth time in her stellar career.
25-year-old Barty looks to win back her crown against America’s Bernarda Pera. Barty elected not to participate in the rescheduled 2020 French Open due to the pandemic, and will have the bit between her teeth to sit atop the throne in France for the second time.
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