Serena Williams has named her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr as the tennis star shared a heartwarming picture cuddling her first child on Instagram.
The American gave birth to her first child on September 1 and named her after the father, Williams’ partner Alexis Ohanian, who founded Reddit.
Williams is one of the most successful tennis players of all time, clinching 23 Grand Slam titles.
And she has been dating Ohanian for the last few years, firstly in secret, before they announced their engagement in December.
The 35-year-old shared several videos showing the story of her pregnancy on Instagram after giving birth, showing her journey from ultrasound, baby bump selfies and assembling a nursery.
According to reports in the US, the new baby girl weighed 6lb 14oz and the entire floor of St Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, was cleared to make way for Serena as a security measure and to help maintain her privacy.
Williams, who has won seven Wimbledon titles, went public with her pregnancy in April, admitting she played the Australian Open knowing she was due to give birth.
The American said during an Instagram clip: “So we’re leaving the hospital after six, seven days.
“It’s been a long time, but we had a lot of complications, but look who we got – we got a baby girl!”
Williams said earlier this year: “Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open.
“I was playing in 100-degree weather and the baby never gave me any trouble.”
She also revealed she had planned to give birth via epidural.
Williams said: “I know a lot of people are against it, but I’ve had surgeries galore and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it.”
The New York ace also admitted she planned to come back into the sport, despite being in her mid-30s.
Her sister Venus, who is two years older, reached the Wimbledon final this year where she was defeated by Spain’s Gabrine Muguruza.
Williams added: “I definitely plan on coming back. I’m not done yet.
“If [Venus is] still playing, I know I can play.
“This [motherhood] is just a new part of my life. My baby’s going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me.”
Sporting comebacks for new mothers are not uncommon.
Belgian Grand Slam champ Kim Clijsters came back after giving birth to Jada Elle in 2008, a year after retiring.
She then came back to win the US Open singles titles in 2009 and 2010 after a stunning comeback to the sport.
Brit athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill came back after the birth of her son and won world heptathlon gold and Olympic silver, before retiring a year ago.