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Serena Williams’ delivery excites fans, world celebrities

News of tennis superstar Serena Williams’ delivery has sparked an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

According to US media, the American tennis great gave birth to a baby girl on Friday. The delivery was also confirmed by Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratyoglou, via Twitter.

It is reported that Williams, who turns 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.

Her elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third round match at the US Open in New York.

She, however, declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match conference.

Earlier, a producer with the Florida based WPBF television cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09) kilograms. Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.

Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well wishers including Spanish star Rafa Nadal and pop diva Beyonce.

Having been World Number one for the last five year, with 23 Grand Slam titles to her name and Sh7 billion in approximated earnings over her two decade professional career, Serena Williams is considered the greatest of all time female tennis player.