Reddit co-founder and husband of Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, shared a tribute video to Twitter to highlight his tennis star wife’s journey from giving birth to being one step away from equalling the Grand Slam titles record.
Williams will take on Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka for a chance to etch her name in the record books alongside Margaret Court with 24 majors.
The six-time US Open champion beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 to seal her place in the final, and is hoping she can have a change of luck following her lost to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.
Ahead of the decider, Ohanian thought it would be fitting to highlight Williams’ journey via a video tribute, which covers experiencing complications during her birth a year ago, to being on the cusp of creating tennis history.
“She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women’s rights. She never gives up. I had this made for @serenawilliams last night after her match with some home videos from 1 year ago this week. Help me make sure she sees it!” Ohanian’s tweet read.
Ohanian shared another video a week ago, which also underlined the pride he had for his wife’s achievements.
“Usually people pitch me their startup when they spot me out in the wild. This last week, they all want me to pass along a message to my wife. Can’t say I hate it.”
Williams and Osaka have played against each other once before, at Miami in March, and it was the Japanese upstart who toppled her idol in straight sets.
"Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final of a grand slam. Just the fact that it's happening, I'm very happy about it," Osaka said after her semi-final win over 2017 runner-up Madison Keys.
"I really feel like I don't want to overthink this match, so I'm not going to think that she's so much better than she was in Miami.
"I'm just going to go out there and play. Since I already know she's a good player, I don't want to be surprised if she plays better or not."
Osaka grew up idolising Williams and will be determined to be the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title.
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