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Hope Serena Williams’ baby girl does not play tennis: Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl and Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon champion, has jokingly said that she hopes her daughter does not play tennis when she grows up.

tennis Updated: Sep 02, 2017 08:46 IST
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Serena Williams,US Open 2017,Garbine Muguruza
Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl and Garbine Muguruza has congratulated the 23-time Grand Slam winner following her win in the US Open 2017.(Getty Images)

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza congratulated Serena Williams on the birth of her baby girl and jokingly hopes the newborn does not follow in the footsteps of her illustrious mother.

American tennis legend Williams, 35, welcomed her first child into the world on Friday - a baby girl with fiance Alexis Ohanian at St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 23-time grand slam champion and former world number one has been away from the WTA Tour preparing for the birth of her baby.

Asked about the newest addition to the Williams family, Muguruza joked: “Baby girl? Well, I hope she doesn’t play tennis [smiling]. “Well, I’m very happy for her. I mean, such a good moment, I’m sure. Well, there it is, in her arms, I’m sure, also.”

Spanish third seed Muguruza was speaking after she stormed into the last 16 of the US Open on Friday.

Muguruza made light work of Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in a match lasting just 61 minutes at Flushing Meadows.

Standing in the way of Muguruza and the quarter-finals is two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

“I feel I have improved a lot as a tennis player,” Muguruza reflected on her performances compared to last year. “You know, the summer has been great, and I’m playing a lot of matches. So the fact that I played so much matches gives me, you know, gives me pretty good confidence.”

Muguruza added: “Playing somebody in the third round that you played in the semi-finals [at Wimbledon], it’s a little bit tough match, and I just learned off what I did there. And basically I do a lot [with] my game. Go forward, try to hit some big shots and big serves.

“Today went my way at the start of the match almost.”

First Published: Sep 02, 2017 08:46 IST