NEW YORK – Less than an hour before sister Venus Williams arrived on Arthur Ashe Stadium to play her third-round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece, little sister Serena had an arrival of her own.
And it’s a girl.
According to Chris Shepherd, a senior news producer at WPBF 25, a television station in Palm Beach, Fla., Serena gave birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces Friday afternoon.
Another local TV station said Williams had arrived at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach Thursday evening, and labour was induced then.
So the 2017 Grand Slam circle is complete.
Williams won the Australian Open in January while already nearly two months’ pregnant. And now, her daughter is born in the middle of the final Grand Slam of the season – with her sister very much still in contention.