The 35-year-old tennis star and her fiancé, Reddit
co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have reportedly welcomed a little girl into
the world, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces.
According to reporter Chris Shepherd from WPBF-25 News, a
source at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida,
confirmed the couple’s happy news, with Chris taking to Twitter to
reveal: ‘Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing
6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well.’
Shortly after the news broke, congratulatory messages began
pouring in for the couple on social media, with fans and friends alike
sharing their joy at Serena and Alexis’s happy news.
Beyonce, who gave birth to twins in July, was one of the
first of Serena’s high-profile friends to offer their well wishes,
taking to Instagram to share a stunning image of the tennis star, taken
from her recent Vogue shoot.
The popstar didn’t caption the picture, instead choosing to
overlay it with a simple, yet sweet message: ‘Congratulations Serena!’
Serena’s fellow tennis pro Rafael Nadal also shared his joy
at the news on social media, writing on Twitter: ‘Congrats Serena!!! So
much joy for you!!!’
According to reports, the 23-time Grand Slam winner checked
into the hospital on Wednesday, with an entire floor of the location
being cleared in order to ensure the mother-to-be has the maximum amount
of privacy possible.
Serena, who announced her surprise pregnancy with Alexis,
34, back in April, is reportedly due to give birth on Friday, after
doctors made the decision to induce her on Thursday night.
Local news outlet CBS12 reported on Friday morning that
doctors have confirmed that Serena was admitted to the hospital on
Wednesday, after the entire first floor of the location was shut down to
all unauthorized personnel.
Currently, nobody without official security clearance, is able to access the area.
The couple revealed earlier this year that they had chosen to keep the
s3x of their child a secret until her birth, however the sporting star
did reveal to Vogue that she believed she was having a daughter – a
guess which happily became fact on Friday afternoon.
Alexis, however, was convinced that their baby will be a boy.
‘Two weeks after we found out [I was pregnant], I played the Australian Open,’ she recalled.
‘I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in
100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or
die. Women are tough that way.’