The couple’s first child arrived on Friday (Sept 1), at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 oz.
Moments before stepping on to the court for her U.S. Open match in Queens, New York Friday afternoon, her sister Venus confirmed the news.
“Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe,” sister Venus told ESPN.
Beyoncé took to Instagram to send her well-wishes, posting a photo of Williams during her pregnancy.
Williams has shared photos and stories of her pregnancy on her social media accounts, although she accidentally announced her pregnancy in April on Snapchat by captioning a photo “20 weeks.”
Ahead of their daughter’s birth, the couple revealed that they were opting to leave the baby’s sex a surprise, though both shared that they felt they were having a girl.
“[Serena] won the Australian Open while pregnant. And she remarked that she feels like it has to be a girl because everything that that baby went through and handled like a champ, only a woman could be strong enough to take on,” Ohanian said during a late-night talk show appearance in early August.
The pro athlete echoed her fiancé’s sentiment to Vogue in its September issue, revealing:
“I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl.”
In the same interview, Williams revealed she is “looking forward” to motherhood.
“I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already. I’m always thinking about what’s next: the next victory, the next trophy … I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant,” she stated in the interview.
“I want the baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis it’ll be better if I’ve kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again. Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle.”
She also admitted that she was “nervous” about giving birth, lamenting, “I’m not a spring chicken.”
“The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it,” Williams added.
She was also anxious about motherhood in general, sharing that she didn’t feel like “a baby person.”
“That’s something I have to work on,” Williams said.
“I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, ‘Am I going to be good enough?’”
The 35-year-old sportswomen also revealed she thinks having a baby will make her a “real woman”.
“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth]. I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through … I don’t think watching birthing videos helps. I actually think it makes it worse. Having a baby, nothing is guaranteed,” she shared.
Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams to win the Australian Open, and her 23rd Grand Slam title, in January when she was several weeks pregnant.
In August, she said that she was planning to return to tennis for the Australian Open in January.