Sports and entertainment superstars lit up social media on Friday, September 1, 2017 when news emerged that tennis superstar, Serena Williams had given birth to a baby girl.
The tennis champion gave birth to her first child, a girl, with her finance Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!! https://t.co/u4edTrqIbB
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 1, 2017
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) September 1, 2017
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
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) September 1, 2017
Congratulations to @serenawilliams for giving birth to a baby girl!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2017
A very big congratulations to @serenawilliams & Alexis Ohanian on the birth of their baby girl!
We can't wait to meet the new addition 👶❤️ pic.twitter.com/DwDPk0CPky
— W&S Open (@CincyTennis) September 1, 2017
— Delta (@Delta) September 1, 2017
mazel tov to the wonderful @serenawilliams on the birth of her daughter what a great day!
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) September 1, 2017
You Reddit here first! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian had their baby. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/EGvBQe8Yeq
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) September 1, 2017
— Internazionali Bnl (@InteBNLdItalia) September 1, 2017
It’s a girl. Congrats Serena. Like every set, this one starts at love. pic.twitter.com/kob7taCMSo
— Chase (@Chase) September 1, 2017
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) September 1, 2017
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) September 1, 2017
The 23-time major winner previously announced 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.
Williams was a few weeks pregnant when she beat her sister Venus to win the Australian Open back in January.
She and Ohanian became engaged in December last year at the Italian restaurant where they first met, with Serena posting a love poem on Reddit as she travelled to New Zealand from Los Angeles.
“I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome. To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance. But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.”
Ohanian shared Williams’s Reddit post on his Facebook page with the message: “she said yes”. He also commented on her Reddit thread, writing: “And you made me the happiest man on the planet”.
Williams and Ohanian had been dating for about a year, and were relatively private about their relationship prior to this announcement.
Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of the premier athletes in American history, holds 39 Grand Slam titles, including 23 won in singles.