Beyonce first celebrity to congratulate Serena Williams on the birth of daughter
Beyonce is the first of the celebs to offer tennis ace Serena Williams on the birth of her daughter.
The 6-time Grand Slam champion welcomed her first child - a baby girl - with Reddit tech boss Alexis Ohanian on Friday in the US.
Sharing a picture of a pregnant Williams to her Instagram, Beyonce's message was simple: "Congratulations Serena".
The six-time US Open champion gave birth to a baby girl at a hospital near her home in Palm Beach, prompting congratulatory messages to begin circulating on social media.
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Florida reporter Chris Shepherd confirmed the speculation by announcing the birth on Twitter hours after the rumours first surfaced.
Shepherd tweeted: "Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well."
He later noted he received the information from a hospital source.
Serena was reportedly admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday and induced on Thursday night.
She and her fiance Alexis, who became engaged in 2016, have yet to comment on news of the birth of their baby girl.
Serena accidentally announced her pregnancy earlier this year on social media after hitting the wrong button on Snapchat.
"I didn't tell a lot of people to be quite honest and I'd been saving it [the news]," she explained in an interview with Gayle King in April. "And you know how social media is when you press the wrong button...and...
"My phone doesn't ring that much, and thirty minutes later I missed like four calls and I'm like, 'that's weird,' and then I picked it up and I was like, 'oh no!'"
Williams announced her pregnancy with Reddit co-founder Alexis Olhanian in April by posting a selfie on Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks".
The US Open was among the first to tweet the news.
NEW: Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well.— Chris Shepherd (@ChrisShepherd) September 1, 2017
Reports claimed that an entire floor of the St Mary's Medical Centre had been cleared to offer Williams maximum privacy.
"Obviously I'm super excited," said the baby's aunt, Venus Williams, as she took the court at the US Open. "Words can't describe."
Citing a source from St Mary's Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, where Williams reportedly checked in on Wednesday to be induced, WPBF editor Patricia Storm said the new addition weighed in at 3.09 kilograms and was delivered via Caesarean section. Both mother and baby are said to be healthy.
In the September editon of Vogue, Williams revealed her "strong suspicion" she was having a girl.
"Alexis thinks we're having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it's a girl," she said. "Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way."
Although Serena, who planned to compete at Wimbledon in 2017 before discovering she was pregnant, admitted she was shocked about becoming a first-time mum at first, the star feels much better about parenthood, telling Vogue magazine in August she's been feeling "really calm" of late.
To help ease her nerves, the 35-year-old champion enlisted the help of fans online for parenting tips and she also read her singer pal Kelly Rowland's new book, Whoa Baby! A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened), to prepare herself for the reality of motherhood.
Williams has a slew of records to her name, including as the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She is also the only player to have won two of the four Grand Slams - Wimbeldon and the Australian Open - seven times each.
In the Vogue interview, the 35-year-old also revealed that she "definitely" plans to return to the court.
"It's hard to figure out what the end of your tennis career should look like," she says. "I used to think I'd want to retire when I have kids, but no. I'm definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there's no better feeling in the world."
- Sydney Morning Herald with Cover Media.