Serena Williams Shares First Photo Of Her Baby Girl

Serena and her fiance at the Met Gala 2017

by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Serena Williams has introduced the world to her daughter with a snap of her and her newborn on Instagram. Two weeks after the little one was born, Williams also revealed her daughter's name, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, after her fiancé Alexis Ohanian.

The tennis star also shared a video of her pregnancy on her website which featured highlights of the journey including winning the Australian open, the Met Gala and candid moments at home with Ohanian and their cats.

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Tennis legend Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, with the happy news confirmed on Twitter last night by her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

Serena and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are yet to reveal the name of their new arrival, but the couple have already been showered in congratulatory messages from friends in the worlds of sport and celebrity. Speaking as she prepared to go out on court at the US Open, her sister and fellow tennis star Venus said she was 'super excited,' adding that 'words can't describe' the feeling. On Twitter, her coach Mouratoglou wrote 'Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion,' before joking 'Btw... I wish you a speedy recovery... We have a lot of work ahead of us.'

Beyoncé, who last year asked the sportswoman to appear in the video for Sorry as part of her ground-breaking visual album for Lemonade, dedicated an Instagram post to her friend, uploading a photo from Serena's recent Vanity Fair cover shoot bearing the message 'Congratulations Serena!'

Back in June, Venus accidentally appeared to have revealed the sex of her sister's unborn baby in a post-match interview. Speaking at the French Open, Venus repeated use the pronoun 'she' when talking about the baby, and was clearly very excited about the prospect of soon becoming an aunt.

'She's going to call me the favourite aunt,' she told Eurosport, before joking that her and her sisters were jostling to have the baby girl named in their honour. 'Of course we're all like baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha... We all want the baby to be named after us,' she said.

The former Wimbledon champion confirmed the happy news of her pregnancy in a Snapchat post in April, posing in a bright yellow swimsuit while cradling her growing baby bump, with the caption '20 weeks' referring to the duration of her pregnancy.

Serena Williams confirms her pregnancy on Snapchat
Serena Williams confirms her pregnancy on Snapchat ©Snapchat

In an interview with the BBC, she later revealed that the social media announcement was actually a complete accident, as she hadn't been ready to share the news with the public. 'I was just saving [the pictures],' she explained. 'I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped.' Serena quickly deleted the photo, but her millions of Snapchat followers were quick to pass on the news, which was then confirmed by her publicist.

Last December, Serena got engaged to Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, after dating for 15 months. Appropriately, Serena announced the news via her husband-to-be's site, posting a sweet cartoon of the pair along with a poem detailing the proposal (which included a romantic trip to Rome and an impressive diamond ring...)

Serena last took to the tennis court in January this year for the Australian open, beating her sister Venus to take her 23rd Grand Slam title: as fans were quick to point out on Twitter, the fact that she did so while in the early stages of her pregnancy makes her achievement all the more impressive.

In the BBC interview, she revealed that she had only discovered that she was pregnant two days before the start of the tournament.

'It wasn't very easy,' she said. 'You hear all these stories about people when they're pregnant - they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out.'

'I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away,' she added.

'Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I'm expected to win. If I don't win, it's actually much bigger news.'

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