VENUS WILLIAMS is looking forward to being an aunt to sister Serena’s baby so much that she let it slip that Serena is expecting a baby girl.
In a post-match interview on Wednesday after winning against Japan’s Kurumi Nara at the French Open, the 36-year-old tennis star casually slipped in the pronoun ‘she’ when describing her future niece.
‘She is going to call me favourite aunt,’ she told the Eurosport presenter, with a laugh.
She then joked about their other sisters – Lyndrea and Isha – saying each of the siblings wanted the baby to take their name.
‘We’re all like, baby V, baby Isha, baby Lyn… We all want the baby to be named after us,’ she said.
Serena was in the stands at the French Open Wednesday to cheer on her sister. She had not previously addressed the baby’s gender, but she has shared her excitement about becoming a mum.
‘My dearest baby, you gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year,’ she captioned an Instagram post on April 24.
Coincidentally, Serena herself revealed her pregnancy to the world by accident on Snapchat earlier that month.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner posted a picture on the social media app, posing in a mirror with the message: ‘20 weeks’, before deleting it, with her publicist later confirming the news.
‘I was just saving them [for myself]’ she said. ‘I’ve been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped.’
The new arrival will be the first child for the 35-year-old tennis star and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.
Shortly after her pregnancy announcement, she confirmed that she would be on maternity leave from tennis until the start of the 2018 season.