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Serena Williams gives birth to a daughter

By Danielle Haynes
Serena Williams gives birth to a daughter
Serena Williams arrives on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between in New York City on May 1. The tennis star gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Friday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Serena Williams and fiance Alexis Ohanian, Reddit cofounder, have welcomed a daughter, sources at the Florida hospital where the tennis star gave birth said Friday.

Personnel at the St. Mary's Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens told WPEC-TV that Serena Williams, 35, was induced to give birth Thursday and the baby was born Friday.

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The hospital's entire first floor was cleared Wednesday when Serena Williams checked in. Anyone wanting to enter must go through security.

Asked about reports of her sister giving birth, fellow tennis star Venus Williams told ESPN, "obviously I am super excited and words can't describe it."

The baby's name has yet to be revealed.

Williams announced her pregnancy in April after getting engaged to Ohanian in December. She said in an interview with The Telegraph published in August that she's already anticipating her return to tennis.

"I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already," the star said. "I'm always thinking about what's next: the next victory, the next trophy."

"I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant," she added. "I want the baby to be healthy for for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis it'll be better if I've kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy."

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