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Serena Williams spills tea on Olympia's tennis skills and loving pickleball during Ellen DeGeneres Show appearance
The 23-time major champion also stated, “I haven’t played recently but I’m actually going to get back on the court in a couple days.”
Published May 03, 2022
WATCH: Serena's full interview with Ellen
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has finished taping the last set of shows for its farewell season. And one the program’s recent guests was none other than Serena Williams.
The 23-time major singles champion was naturally asked about her “twin”, daughter Alexis Olympia. After warming up the audience with a slideshow of adorable photos showcasing the duo together, DeGeneres presented a harder-hitting question.
“And how is she at tennis?”
“Umm," Williams responded with a pause.
“Are you asking as a mom or like an athlete, that athlete, Serena lady?”
DeGeneres wanted to know from an objective standpoint. Unsure whether she could provide that, Williams later stated she isn’t pushing Olympia into the sport, before admitting, “She’s alright. I’ve seen four-year-olds that might take her out.”
Williams also touched on the inspiring performance Beyoncé delivered at the Oscars. The 28-time Grammy winner performed the King Richard original song “Be Alive” on the very courts In Compton, Calif. where Williams and sister Venus molded their games as kids with parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price.
“I went back. ‘I was like, can I even begin to fathom having such a superstar come and do that at those courts?’ It would have just made me want to go back to practice every single day even more so,” said Williams.
“She doesn’t even understand the people she’s inspired and how she’s made us feel on a level that I cannot even describe into words.”
The host casually inquired about Serena’s playing status, after reminiscing about seeing the American win Wimbledon and being mesmerized by her on-court power.
“I play all the time,” Williams declared when DeGeneres asked, “do you still play a lot?”
Continued Williams. “I haven’t played recently but I’m actually going to get back on the court in a couple days.”
The interview ended with Serena declaring that she loves pickeball. “It could be a second career of mine.”
Don't tease us, Serena.