Former world number one and multiple Grand Slam winner Serena Williams has welcomed the birth of her first child.
Williams, who is a 23-time winner in Grand Slam competitions, gave birth to her newborn girl at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday. The baby weighs six pounds, 13 ounces.
The American was a few weeks pregnant when she won the 2017 Australian Open and later revealed a photo of her and a baby bump via a Snapchat post.
Having missed tennis action since winning that Australian Open – including the ongoing US Open – Williams has dropped to number 15th in the world. She is expected to return to competitive tennis at the 2018 Australian Open.
Fiance Alexis Ohanian, who is a co-founder of Reddit, has also decided to a few weeks of paternity leave. He had earlier tweeted a picture of Serena Williams when she had appeared in the Vogue magazine:
— Alexis Ohanian ? (@alexisohanian) August 17, 2017
The entire tennis fraternity congratulated Williams on the occasion, with some taking to Twitter to wish her well.
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou was one of the first to congratulate her.
Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.
— PATRICKMOURATOGLOU (@pmouratoglou) September 1, 2017
Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!! https://t.co/u4edTrqIbB
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 1, 2017
Congratulations mamaaaaa @serenawilliams ??
— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) September 2, 2017
Serena’s sister Venus Williams is currently featuring in the US Open, having reached the fourth round of the competition.