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

Tennis player Serena Williams poses with her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in an undisclosed location
Tennis player Serena Williams poses with her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in an undisclosed location, September 13, 2017 in this picture obtained from a social media. INSTAGRAM/ SERENA WILLIAMS / ALEXIS OHANIAN/ via REUTERS

September 14, 2017

(Reuters) – American tennis star Serena Williams on Wednesday 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 co-founder 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 on Wednesday.

“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.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

  • Roy Beane

    Beautiful child. Just hope she ends up having actual parents who will be there for her in the years to come. Way too many of these “celebrities” are so absorbed in their careers or other things that the children often end up as little more than a household pet or a houseplant they like to pet ever now and then instead of giving them the full time care and attention that every child needs and deserves from their parents.

  • Carolann313

    Sweet innocent child ~ God Bless!

  • Dell Wilber

    It’s not every day a baby is named after the the place it was conceived…A Lexis…!

  • R A.

    Narcissistic to say the least.
    Thousands and thousands of babies being born every day – what makes yours so special?

    • Informed

      It is not narcissistic behavior. The baby is special because the mom is world famous. Mom is preempting Paparazzi to avoid their intrusive behavior. It is tough to sell a photo of a kid when there are plenty online already.