Serena Williams unveils daughter on Instagram

WASHINGTON • Two weeks after becoming a first-time mother, tennis legend Serena Williams revealed her daughter to the world on Wednesday in an online montage that featured moments from early sonograms to just after the birth.

In the touching compilation posted on her Instagram account, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said that there had been "complications" in the delivery of Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

"It's been a long time, but we had a lot of complications, but look who we got - we got a baby girl!" said Williams in one segment of the home movie, as she left the hospital with fiance and Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian.

The couple had spent almost a week at the hospital after the Sept 1 delivery, but she did not say what the complications were.

Media reports said the birth was induced by doctors.

The clips show the pregnant tennis star - who turns 36 at the end of this month - showing off her belly bump, dancing and practising her game, as well as shots of the expectant couple assembling their daughter's nursery.

The film appeared to be meant as much for her daughter's future viewing as for Williams' millions of ecstatic fans, with the pregnant mum saying as she filmed her belly: "You move at 10.15 or 10.30 every night."

One of the photos posted on Instagram of Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
One of the photos posted on Instagram of Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian. PHOTO: SERENA WILLIAMS/ INSTAGRAM

Williams won the Australian Open while newly pregnant with her daughter, a fact reflected in a shot on the Instagram post that read "Born: Sept 1, 2017, Weight: 6LB 14 Oz, Grand Slam Titles: 1."

Williams has vowed to return to defend her title in January.

"It's the most outrageous plan," she told Vogue last month. "I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2017, with the headline 'Serena Williams unveils daughter on Instagram'. Print Edition | Subscribe