Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl.
According to USA Today, the 23 Grand Slam title winner welcomed the new arrival on Friday afternoon.
It follows reports that Serena was induced at St. Mary’s Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday.
Local news producer Chris Shepherd announced the news on his Twitter page, saying that the baby weighed 6lbs 13oz and adding: ‘Mom and baby doing well.’
Serena gave birth shortly before her sister Venus was due to walk out on court to play a match at the US Open.
The baby is Serena’s first child with her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – with the tennis ace revealing news of her pregnancy in April on Snapchat.
She said during her pregnancy that she thought she was expecting a girl, telling American Vogue: ‘Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open.’
Her recent 50s themed baby shower was also taken as a further clue that she was expecting a girl, with guests given boxes of sweet treats decorated with pink poodles.
Despite playing the Australian Open whilst in the earliest stages of her pregnancy, the 35-year-old admitted to being afraid of pain.
‘I’m not a spring chicken,’ she said. ‘The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it.’