Serena Williams, the tennis superstar who won the Australian Open while pregnant, has given birth to a baby girl. Mother and baby are both reportedly doing well. The daughter of Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian arrived Friday, September 1 around noon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz., according to WPBF-25 news producer Chris Shepherd. Her name has not yet been released. Aunt Venus Williams commented on the news that her sister was in labor before her third-round match at the US Open. She told ESPN that she was “super excited” and that “words can’t describe” how she feels about becoming an aunt.
Congratulatory tweets came pouring in after the news of the tennis star’s new arrival. Beyoncé and Wendy Williams were among those who tweeted their congratulations, along with tennis star Rafa Nadal and the U.S. Olympic Team. Chase, one of Serena’s sponsors, had a tennis-themed message: “Like every set, this one starts at love.” Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou tweeted several messages, many full of joy and excitement, but ended by saying “I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us.” Mouratoglou previously said that the goal is for Serena to start training in November and be back on the court in January 2018 to defend her Australian Open title.
News of Serena’s pregnancy was first broken accidentally by Serena herself via Snapchat on April 19. At that point, she was 20 weeks pregnant. She had learned that she was pregnant shortly before the Australian Open in January. After winning that tournament, she put tennis on hold to focus on impending motherhood, despite her planned goal of winning Wimbledon this year. She was featured in a stunning Vanity Fair Cover story in August, describing her relationship with Alexis and how they were grappling with becoming parents. He had propsed in December, just a month before they learned of the pregnancy. The couple plans to wed this fall. Earlier this summer, Ohanian told CNBC’s Squawk Box that he knew Williams would be an “awesome mom.” He also said, “I’ll be taking off for six weeks myself and trying to do the best job possible as a new dad, a first-time dad.”
Congratulations and best wishes to the family! We can’t wait to see pictures of Serena’s little bundle of joy.