Ser­ena Wil­liams shows off baby girl Alexis in pho­tos, video di­ary

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(Reuters) - Amer­i­can tennis star Ser­ena Wil­liams yes­ter­day an­nounced the name and re­leased first pic­tures of her baby girl, re­veal­ing that they had spent a week in the hospi­tal fol­low­ing the Sept. 1 birth in Florida be­cause of un­spec­i­fied com­pli­ca­tions.

“Meet Alexis Olympia Oha­nian Jr.” the for­mer world No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam cham­pion said in post­ings on her so­cial me­dia sites that in­cluded a video di­ary of her preg­nancy.

Wil­liams, 35, who is en­gaged to Red­dit co­founder Alexis Oha­nian, said the baby was born Sept. 1 and weighed 6 lbs 14 oz (3.1 kg).

“So we’re leav­ing the hospi­tal af­ter six days. It’s been a long time. We had a lot of com­pli­ca­tions, but look what we got!” Wil­liams said in the video, cradling the baby who has a mass of black hair.

The video showed Wil­liams danc­ing, hit­ting tennis balls as her preg­nancy pro­gressed, self­ies of her ex­pand­ing belly, and home video of the couple putting to­gether the baby’s crib.

Wil­liams con­firmed her preg­nancy in April hours af­ter trig­ger­ing spec­u­la­tion when she ac­ci­den­tally posted a short-lived selfie on so­cial me­dia with the cap­tion: “20 weeks”.

Wil­liams, the world’s high­est-paid fe­male ath­lete, was about two months preg­nant when she cap­tured her 23rd grand slam sin­gles ti­tle at the Aus­tralian Open.

She has not com­peted since an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy but she told Vogue mag­a­zine last month that she in­tends to de­fend her ti­tle next year in Aus­tralia, where the year’s first grand slam will be played from Jan. 15-28.

Red­dit was among the first to con­grat­u­late the couple yes­ter­day.

“Con­grats to two of our all-time fa­vorite red­di­tors who just wel­comed a new baby Snoo into their fam­ily: u/Kn0thing and u/ser­e­naw­illiams!,” the so­cial news and dis­cus­sion web­site posted on Twit­ter.

Gianni In­fantino

Ser­ena Wil­liams

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