Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl - Wishes pour in for tennis legend

Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2017, has given birth to a baby girl and top players like Rafael Nadal congratulated the 35-year-old on the new addition in the family.

tennis Updated: Sep 02, 2017 09:29 IST
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Serena Williams,US Open 2017,Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, welcomed a baby girl in the family.(Reuters)

Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday and this prompted an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Following the news, Serena was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers. Rafael Nadal, who has won 15 Grand Slam titles, led the congratulations by wishing her on his official Twitter handle.

Serena, who won the Australian Open 2017 while newly pregnant, won her 23rd Grand Slam title and has said that she will return to the tournament in 2018 as she aims to go past Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Serena, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine Vanity Fair in June, plans to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.

Following her win in the Australian, Serena had said that she was determined to get past Court’s record. “Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up. If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”

Pop star Beyonce also congratulated Serena on her Instagram account, along with Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar.

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There were several tweets from other media personalities and celebrities which congratulated Serena on the new addition in the family.

First Published: Sep 02, 2017 09:28 IST