Ser­ena Wil­liams gets en­gaged to Red­dit co-founder Oha­nian

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NEW YORK:

World num­ber two ten­nis player Ser­ena Wil­liams has be­come en­gaged to Alexis Oha­nian, co-founder of the so­cial me­dia com­pany Red­dit.

“Down on 1 knee. He said four words. And/r/isaidyes,” the 35-year-old Amer­i­can said on the so­cial me­dia site on Thurs­day. “I came home. A lit­tle late. Some­one had a bag packed for me. And a car­riage awaited. Des­ti­na­tion: Rome ... back to where our stars first col­lided.” The New York-born Oha­nian, 33, con­firmed the news on his Face­book page, writ­ing: “She said yes”.

Wil­liams is the best player of her gen­er­a­tion. She has won 22 grand slam sin­gles ti­tles, the same as Ger­man St­effi Graf and trail­ing only Aus­tralian Mar­garet Court (24).

Mean­while, the newly-en­gaged Ser­ena Wil­liams touched down in Auck­land yes­ter­day and quickly made her way to the court to hit some balls ahead of the start of her 2017 sea­son.

Alexis Oha­nian, co-founder of the so­cial me­dia com­pany Red­dit, who ac­com­pa­nied her to New Zealand for the ASB Clas­sic which starts on Thurs­day.

Amer­i­can Wil­liams, 35, is top seed for the tour­na­ment, a warm-up event for the Aus­tralian Open grand slam later in Jan­uary, and she was whisked through a crowded air­port, telling re­porters she was ex­cited to be in New Zealand for the first time. “It’s fun to go to new places,” the world num­ber two said. Ser­ena’s older sis­ter Venus is also com­pet­ing in Auck­land, an event she won in 2015, and said she was de­lighted to hear about her sib­ling’s en­gage­ment.

Ser­ena said it was un­likely the duo, who have won 14 grand slam dou­bles ti­tles to­gether, would team up to play in New Zealand. “Prob­a­bly not. I wish, we will see,” Ser­ena said. — Agen­cies

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