Serena Williams unveils Baby Alexis to the world

Twelve days after being born in a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospital, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. has made her debut to the world in an Instagram post and accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.

The video goes far beyond your average “Hello, world“ first glimpse at a newborn; it cuts together home video and social-media posts from Williams‘s entire pregnancy, including what looks like a Snapchat selfie from the Australian Open in which Williams, clutching her winner’s trophy, writes, “No one knows I’m 8 weeks pregnant.“ As she told Vanity Fair for the August cover story, Williams took the pregnancy test in January just to prove to her friend that she wasn’t pregnant, and on seeing the positive result thought, “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

Williams won the Australian Open, with only her sister Venus, two friends, a doctor, and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, aware of the pregnancy. When she announced it months later she somehow found a way to surprise people once again with her strength. And she plans to do it again soon, too; she told Buzz Bissinger that she plans to be back on the court in January.

The video ends with all the usual newborn baby stats about baby Alexis, who is named after her father in a way typically reserved for boys (though no surprise that Serena Williams’s daughter is already breaking barriers). Weight: 6 pounds and 14 ounces.

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Tennis Queen, Serena William expecting her first child

The American, 35, is due to give birth in the autumn, says her representative.

The world number two posted a picture on social media site Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting it.

Williams will miss the rest of the season, having not played since winning in Melbourne, citing a knee injury.

Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka gave birth to her first child in December and is expected to return to competition at the end of July.

Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, meanwhile, won the US Open in 2009 just 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Winning a Grand Slam while pregnant – analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller:

The news would suggest that Serena won the Australian Open while roughly eight weeks into her pregnancy.

We are very unlikely to see her compete in another Grand Slam before the French Open of 2018. That event will take place four months before her 37th birthday – but do not write off a woman who will return to world number one on Monday.

Azarenka is a useful guide. Even though she is eight years younger, the Belarusian returned to serious training in March after giving birth in December and is targeting the WTA event in Stanford at the end of July for her return.

US Open Tennis responded to Williams’ message by saying: “Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!”