On the day everybody in the country was transfixed by the decision of the supreme court on the August contentious election, Serena Williams welcomed a baby girl.
The tennis pro gave birth in the middle of the U.S Open at St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach with fiance’ Alexis Ohanian.
“Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well,” WPBF-25 news producer Chris Shepherd announced on Twitter, citing a source at the hospital.
Williams checked into the St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, where she was scheduled to be induced Thursday, based on reports from local news reports.
Williams, 35, made public her pregnancy in a bathing suit snap on Snapchat in April with the caption “20 weeks” alongside a series of images from their tropical getaway.
The athlete later announced that she had shared the images by accident and that it was really only meant for close friends.
In an interview with CNBC “Squawk Box” in early July, Ohanian told the world how much of a great mother the Olympic champ will be.
“She’s very good at a lot of things and well on her way to being an awesome mom too,” he said.
The Reddit co-founder plans to take six weeks of paternity leave to be there for Williams and their new bundle of joy.
The 23-time major winner had also said that she would be taking maternity leave for the remainder of 2017. She has said she hopes to return for the Australian Open in January.
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Williams was a few weeks pregnant when she beat her sister Venus to win the Australian Open back in January.
She and Ohanian, the techie, got engaged in December at the Italian restaurant where they first met.
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“This time he made it not by chance but by choice, down on one knee, he said 4 words and I said yes,” she wrote at the time.
She dropped the bombshell news on a thread on her love’s website, Reddit.
The two have yet to announce a wedding date.
Williams and Ohanian are yet to announce their wedding date. But speculations abound and they suggest the two lovebirds plan to marry in the fall.
Williams has four Gold Medals, one from winning the singles at the 2012 London Olympics and three thanks to doubles wins at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.
The Florida-native has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association in the singles on seven occasions between 2002 and 2017.
In 2016, she was named the Best Female Tennis Player at the ESPY Awards and in 2015 she was named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Probably her baby got the tennis gene and the world can wait for it to manifest soon.