Like a long call on the baseline, that baby is out.
Indeed, Serena Williams has birthed a baby girl. Just as she forecasted–among so many forecasts she has made in her life and career—she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian have spawned a little lady.
At the same time that news was making its way around the Twittersphere and surrounding territories, Venus Williams prepared to step out on court for her third-round match in New York. By a 6-3, 6-4 count, she promptly reached the fourth round at the US Open for the 15th time in her career.
Beforehand, she told ESPN's Pam Shriver that she was "super excited" and afterward, she just wanted to talk tennis:
To the surprise of none, Serena, the reigning queen of tennis and Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit have brought together much more than sport and social media. Those are simply their day jobs, lest we soon forget, and these two exceedingly real people have produced new life. Imagine just for a minute their baby joy, and also the anticipation for and expectations on that child.
But for now, here's a look at the international response on social channels to Serena's Labor Day weekend surprise.
She still ain't sorry:
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou delivered a reverse-mullet response – party up front, business in the back.
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
Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery... we have a lot of work ahead of us.— PATRICKMOURATOGLOU (@pmouratoglou) September 1, 2017
And soon enough, right?
If Serena Williams were to return to the WTA tour now with @AustralianOpen points alone, she would be the world number 22.— Abigail Johnson (@abigailtennis) September 1, 2017
A famous friend reacted swiftly to the news:
Congratulations to my girl @SerenaWilliams & Alex Ohanian on your new baby girl! So happy for you guys! ❤️— Ciara (@ciara) September 1, 2017
Meanwhile, another from Serena's crew is busy helping out Houston post–Hurricane Harvey. Still, Serena has probably given this tome a read:
A host of other tennis-centric, tennis-adjacent, celebrity and/or reporters and publications have also issued kudos.
In moments like these, you realize just how wide Serena's sphere truly is. Her mark on society and culture is great–and her mark on this child will be even greater.
Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!! https://t.co/u4edTrqIbB— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 1, 2017
Perfect family timing. Media report that Serena Williams has given birth to baby girl; sister Venus about to walk on court at US Open— David James (@DaveJamesafp) September 1, 2017
Venus asked about Serena's new baby before her match on ESPN: "Obviously I'm super excited. Words can't describe."— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) September 1, 2017
Serena Williams is in labor on Labor Day weekend because she's Serena Williams. #SerenaWilliams— CiCi Adams (@CiCiAdams_) September 1, 2017
4:00 Serena Williams daughter is born— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 1, 2017
4:04 Serena Williams daughter ranked in top 100 for WTA
''Baby girl? I hope she doesn't play tennis ????'' - Muguruza on Serena's newborn baby girl pic.twitter.com/P4yTcixfw0— Mugu Dimples ???????? (@MuguDimple) September 2, 2017
Her sponsors worked their way into the conversation as well:
It’s a girl. Congrats Serena. Like every set, this one starts at love. pic.twitter.com/kob7taCMSo— Chase (@Chase) September 1, 2017
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