On Wednesday, August 30, tennis star Serena Williams checked into St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. According to CBS 12, Williams was induced on Thursday night and was in labor on Friday, September 1. Later in the afternoon, she gave birth to a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
The report indicated that Williams had the whole floor of the hospital to herself and that “no one could get in without going through security.”
As far as the baby’s gender goes, Williams’ sister, Venus, actually slipped up during an interview and referred to the baby as “she.” Serena went on damage control and told the public that she and Ohanian didn’t actually know the baby’s sex and that it was a “surprise.”
Williams found out that she was pregnant back in January while she was training in Melbourne. At the time, she started not feeling well and actually threw up. According to Vanity Fair, Williams took a pregnancy test and was quite surprised to find out that she was with child.
“Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year,” she said. And then she took five more pregnancy tests — just to be certain. As for how she told her fiance the exciting news, she had Ohanian come to Melbourne and then handed him a bag containing all six positive pregnancy tests!
Williams announced that she was pregnant on Snapchat back in April. She posted a photo of herself in a yellow bathing suit with the caption “20 weeks,” but deleted the picture a few minutes later. You can see it below.
This is the first child for Williams and Ohanian, who got engaged in December 2016.