Serena Williams Gives Birth To Daughter

By Chrös McDougall | Sept. 01, 2017, 4:17 p.m. (ET)
Serena Williams (L) and Alexis Ohanian attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.

 

Serena Williams is a mother.

Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medalist tennis player, and fiancé Alexis Ohanian welcomed a 6 pound, 13 ounce daughter on Friday afternoon, according to a report from local TV station WPBF-25.

The baby was born at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Williams and Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, became engaged in December. In January, Williams won her record 23rd singles title at the Australian Open, while pregnant. Three months later, in April, she announced her pregnancy via Snapchat.

Williams has said she plans to take the rest of the 2017 season off for maternity leave, but she hopes to return and defend her Australian Open title in January.

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Williams, 35, is one of the most dominant tennis players of all time, her 23 Grand Slam singles titles the most of any player during the Open Era. In addition, she has competed in four Olympic Games for Team USA, including the Olympic Games Rio 2016 last year. She won the women’s singles gold medal in 2012, as well as the women’s doubles gold medals in 2000, 2008 and 2012 alongside sister Venus Williams.

An ESPN reporter caught up with Venus Williams, who is playing in the U.S. Open in New York.

“Obviously I’m super excited, words can’t describe (it),” she said.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic Movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.