Serena Williams made sure baby’s first doll ‘Qai Qai’ was black

Vastavam web: Serena Williams says she made sure the first doll her daughter Alexis Olympia received was black, and her second one will be white as she teaches a message of “love for each other”. The tennis great, in Melbourne in her bid to win a 24th Grand Slam title, is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian with their first child born in late 2017. Williams, 37, said she rarely came across black dolls when she was growing up and wanted to make sure her baby had one.

“Qai Qai is a doll I got for her. I wanted her to have a black doll,” she said after easing into the tournament second round Tuesday. “I definitely want to always teach her love and teach her just that humans should always have love for each other, no matter what colour they are,” she added. Bizarrely, the doll has its own Instagram page with more than 87,000 followers, and growing. Qai Qai is described on the social media platform as “daughter and best friend of @olympiaohanian and grandaughter of @serenawilliams”.

Williams said the name Qai Qai came from her nephew. “We were all sitting in our living room, and we were running around names, and he said, ‘call her Qai Qai’. He actually is the magic behind the name,” said the American. “It’s definitely different to travel with a toddler as opposed to a baby, an infant,” she said. “Infants I think are easier, and everyone said it’s easier. I didn’t quite understand.