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Serena Williams adds a champion to her family

Grand slam winner Serena Williams gave birth to beautiful baby girl, the first child for the former world number one tennis player, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said on Twitter.

The 35-year-old American, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning the Australian Open in January but has posted several videos to social media showing her hitting balls during her pregnancy.

Williams confirmed her pregnancy in April hours after triggering frenzied speculation when she accidentally posted a short-lived selfie on social media with the caption: “20 weeks”.

Williams, the world’s highest-paid female athlete, was about two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title at the Australian Open, one short of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court.

Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, although none has done so at Williams’ age. Kim Clijsters of Belgium retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three grand slam titles. Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Court also won grand slam titles after having children.

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