Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl in the middle of the US Open coverage

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Everything’s coming up BABIES in the tennis world. Everyone had a wonderfully spooky feeling that Serena Williams was going to give birth in the middle of the US Open, and of course that happened. Serena waited until Thursday night, and she was reportedly induced and gave birth to the baby on Friday, September 1. Serena and Alexis Ohanian welcomed a baby girl! Everyone had a sixth sense about the sex too, including Serena – Serena and Alexis didn’t find out the sex of the baby beforehand, but Serena said she was getting girl vibes, because the baby didn’t give her any trouble as she was winning the Australian Open this year without dropping a set. It turns out she was right!

Baby Girl Williams-Ohanian doesn’t have a name yet, or at least they’re not announcing the name yet. Serena’s full name is Serena Jameka Williams and her sister’s full name is Venus Ebony Starr Williams. I feel like Serena would use one of Venus’s names for her daughter’s name. But we’ll see, you never know. The baby announcement came just before Venus came onto the court at the US Open, and after Venus thrashed her opponent, V said she was very happy. The US Open organization also threw together this video for Serena:

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have also welcomed a baby girl, which surprised me – I didn’t realize Jelena was due so soon. Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears-Murray is pregnant and pretty far along too. I wonder if she’ll give birth in the next few days so the tennis world will be colonized by Virgo tennis stars 18 years from now. Novak and Jelena apparently named their daughter Tara, which is… interesting. Tara is not a Serbian name? And that name doesn’t really fit with their son’s name, Stefan. Did Novak and Serena welcome their daughters on the same day????

Also: the Australian Open next year is going to be LIT. Serena swears she’s coming back, and all of the injured players on the men’s side will be back too, including: Novak, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori… and Marin Cilic is dealing with something, who knows if it’s physical though.

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  1. Babs says:

    Congratulations Serena! Induced birth is so painful. I had one and it lasted 48h. I hope she and the baby are okay. Can’t wait to see the pictures of the lucky baby girl! What an amazing mother, auntie and grandfather she have!
    Jameka is a beautiful name as is Venus.

  2. tracking says:

    What a great week for the Williams sisters–woohoo!

  3. whatever says:

    If the rumours are true about her having a c-section then she’s probably not going to be back to her best in time for the Australian Open. Congrats to her though.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      That’s not necessarily true. I had a c section with my son and was able to resume normal everything within 4 weeks. She was very in shape throughout the pregnancy and has a ton of support so it’s very possible she could be!

      Congrats to her!! I can’t wait to hear the name. I bet they’re just over the moon!

    • clove says:

      It would be very ironic though, especially with all that ‘im going to be a real woman when i give birth now’ talk.

      Being induced does mean having a higher rate of csection though.

      • AmunetMaat says:

        But having a c-section or being induced is still giving birth. So I don’t understand how this is ironic.

      • raptor says:

        Yep, can confirm c-section is still birth: had one five months ago, came home with a baby.

  4. BeamMeUpScottie says:

    Congrats Serena and Alexis!

  5. Sushi says:

    This baby is going to be beautiful.

  6. Shambles says:

    S/o to Tara!! She’s the goddess of compassion, known as a female Buddha. I love that name.

    Congrats to Serena as well!

    • Esmom says:

      I never really liked the name, seemed a little too Gone With the Wind for me, but after knowing a couple lovely Taras, it has grown on me. Nice to hear about its meaning, thanks!

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I’ve never really liked the name, and then there was that awful Tara character on Buffy years ago. (Am I dating myself? I feel like I am.) I had no clue that’s what the name meant, which makes me like it a bit more.

    • Tan says:

      I love the name Tara too.
      Basically all these sanskrit names that are also international, like Tara, Monika, Anushka/ Anoushka : I love them.

  7. Kiki says:

    Congrats to Serena, her husband and her beautiful baby girl.

  8. Maple Girl says:

    Tara is a really popular name in the Balkans, especially in recent years. It’s also a name of a river in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina ( Tara Canyon is the second longest in the world, after the Grand Canyon).

    To my ears it goes really well with Stefan, but I’m from the region. How is Tara pronounced in America?

    What do you mean who knows if it’s physical for Čilić? His leg is injured?

    • magnoliarose says:

      Tara is usually Tare-ah.
      How is pronounced there?

    • Doc says:

      The Tara Gorge is not the longest or the second longest in the world. It’s actually quite hard to determine lengths of gorges and/ or canyons. But so many have yet to be discovered and right now the 1st longest is in Greenland at under 500kms, which is the length of more than half of ex-Yugoslavia, as the crow flies…

  9. SoulSPA says:

    All best wishes to the parents and new baby 🙂 Can’t wait to see the pictures!!

  10. Mermaid says:

    Congratulations to Serena and her family!!! I’m sure her daughter will be beautiful!!!😊

  11. Snowflake says:

    Awww, can’t wait to see the baby pictures

  12. magnoliarose says:

    Congratulations to both couples.
    Just the right age to be the best playmate with Rumi and Tara.
    If little baby Murray is a boy we could have a dynasty on our hands. lol

  13. OG OhDear says:

    Congrats on the whippersnapper!

  14. Megan says:

    I can’t wait to hear her name.

  15. Esmom says:

    Yay for the babies! Congrats and best wishes to all.

  16. minx says:

    Can’t wait to see the baby, she’ll be gorgeous.

  17. nicegirl says:

    Congratulations!! YES!!! A baby girl!!!!!!! Who will be stunningly gorgeous, just like her mama!

  18. Jayna says:

    Aw, I’m glad it’s a girl. I just always saw her with a daughter.

  19. truthSF says:

    Serena will most likely honor her sister, Yetunde Hawanya Tara Price (who passed away in 2003), and name her child after her over Venus!

    • lisa says:

      it would be interesting if she chose tara

      setting up future doubles team of her tara and novak’s tara – some tv sports marketing person just got a chill up their spine and doesnt know why

  20. Dee says:

    Congratulations Queen Serena!
    And then the next day, Sharapova crashes out of the US Open. Bwahahahaha.

  21. Doc says:

    Congrats to both new tennis parents :). Tara is quite a common Serbian name; it is also the name of a mountain and NP in Serbia.

  22. PrincessK says:

    I think Serena knew it was a girl and Venus let the cat out of the bag. Serena has been quiet on social media. Very surprised she hasn’t posted on social media yet , where she is a real warrior. Who would have believed a year ago that Serena would be a mother now!

  23. Beas says:

    As a Tara, I approve. Great name. Unique but not weird.

  24. jwoolman says:

    I read the headline as Serena giving birth in the middle of the US Open – right on a tennis court….

    Okay, I need a nap already.

  25. DesertReal says:

    The only way this would’ve been more perfect, is if she would’ve actually given birth AT the US Open lol
    Mazel tov!