Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to reports in the United States.
There was no official confirmation from Williams or her management but, asked how it felt to become an aunt again ahead of her third-round US Open match, Serena’s sister Venus told ESPN: “Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe.”
Venus declined to answer any questions about the birth following her victory over Maria Sakkari but family members including her mother Oracene were absent from her box and messages of congratulations have begun to flood in.
Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”
The Frenchman then followed up with a message reading: “Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Serena accidentally revealed her pregnancy in April when she posted a picture of herself in a yellow swimsuit, showing off a prominent bump, on the social media app Snapchat.
It came with the caption ”20 weeks”, but was then deleted without explanation before official confirmation came several hours later.
The 35-year-old, who announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December, discovered she was expecting shortly before the Australian Open in January but nevertheless went on to win the tournament without dropping a set.
She has not played on tour since her grand slam success Down Under, when she overtook Steffi Graf to set a new Open era record of 23 slam singles titles.
Serena has insisted she will return to the tour and has targeted a comeback at the Australian Open in four and a half months’ time.