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Serena Williams announces return to tennis following birth of daughter {F}

Here comes the bride: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian and more arrive at Serena Williams' wedding along with the members of New Edition

Serena Williams is returning to competition with an exhibition match Saturday in Abu Dhabi against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams has not competed since winning the Australian Open last January while she was pregnant. She will face Latvia’s Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the first year that women will be taking part, tournament organizers announced Sunday.

“I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” the 36-year-old Williams said in a statement.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era. She is expected to compete for her 24th at the Australian Open, the first major of the year.

Williams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.

“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event,” Williams said.

The Australian Open starts Jan. 15.

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Here comes the bride: Serena Williams arrives at wedding venue in three-car envoy before being whisked inside while low-key groom Alexis Ohanian shows up in shorts, sneakers and a sleeveless tee

Jay Z, Kim Kardashian attend Serena Williams' wedding

Serena Williams proved her dominance off the court on Thursday, as she drew a celeb-packed group of A-listers to New Orleans for her nuptials to millionaire Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Among those who could be seen arriving at the event were Kardashain, Venus Williams, Beyonce, and the members of New Edition, who will play a five-song set during the reception.
Jay Z was so dedicated to being there for Serena's big day that he attended the event despite having to jet off to North Carolina immediately after to perform at his next tour stop.
He was not seen arriving at the venue, but DailyMail.com overheard a transmission just moments before a Cadillac SUV pulled in that said: 'Jay Z party on the way.'
His mother Gloria was seen however as she deboarded a plane alongside Beyonce.
Editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour is also said to have arrived at the event, with her magazine having an exclusive on the images.

Three's company: Beyonce was seen touching down in New Orleans for Serena's wedding

Three's company: Beyonce was seen touching down in New Orleans for Serena's wedding

Never not entrancing: Kim Kardashian (above) exits the airport after touching down in New Orleans on Thursday 

Never not entrancing: Kim Kardashian (above) exits the airport after touching down in New Orleans on Thursday 

Kardashian makes an entrance

Stunner: The reality star was celebrating the amazing million-dollar launch of her new fragrance collection 

Deplaning and derobing: Kardashian changed her outfit after stepping off the plane on Thursday (above)

Deplaning and derobing: Kardashian changed her outfit after stepping off the plane on Thursday (above)

Sister, sister: Kardashian was joined at the evnt by close friends Malika and Khadijah Haqq (above)

Matriarch: Beyonce was joined by Jay Z's mother Gloria Carter on the plane (above)

Matriarch: Beyonce was joined by Jay Z's mother Gloria Carter on the plane (above)

Off they go: Beyonce's party was then whisked away to the wedding ceremony, bringing along a car seat

Off they go: Beyonce's party was then whisked away to the wedding ceremony, bringing along a car seat

But where's Bobby: Blast from the past: The members of New Edition were also on hand at the event

But where's Bobby: Blast from the past: The members of New Edition were also on hand at the event

Big night: The men will be playing a five-song set after the ceremony for the 250 guests 

Big night: The men will be playing a five-song set after the ceremony for the 250 guests 

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'We had a lot of complications': Serena Williams shares first photos of baby girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr Serena Williams wears Versace couture and Nikes at wedding

  • Serena Williams and |Alexis Ohanian were spotted arriving at The Contemporary Art Museum New Orleans on Thiursday afternoon
  • A three-car envoy delivered Serena to the venue, with DailyMail.com getting a shot of sister Isha in the front seat wearing what appeared to be a green velvet 
  • Ohanain, 34, arrived in shorts and a sleevless tee, and spent some time speaking with celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey
  • After dining at Emeil Lagasse's new restaurant Meril, Serena, the female members of her family and nephew Jair headed back to her $1.6m rental home
  • A very generous Serena and Ohanian paid Meril the amount it would make in an evening plus the cost of their party when renting out the venue
The bachelor: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian (above) were spotted arriving at The Contemporary Art Museum New Orleans on Thiursday afternoon

The bachelor: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian (above) were spotted arriving at The Contemporary Art Museum New Orleans on Thiursday afternoon

Stunner: A three-car envoy delivered Serena to the venue, with DailyMail.com getting a shot of sister Isha (above) in the front seat wearing what appeared to be a green velvet

Stunner: A three-car envoy delivered Serena to the venue, with DailyMail.com getting a shot of sister Isha (above) in the front seat wearing what appeared to be a green velvet

Last minute prep: Ohanain, 34, arrived in shorts and a sleevless tee, and spent some time speaking with celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey (above)

Last minute prep: Ohanain, 34, arrived in shorts and a sleevless tee, and spent some time speaking with celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey (above)

Alexis Ohanian
Ohanian wedding

Time for a change: Ohanian got to the venue roughly an hour before his bride, who is staying at a rental home while he is in a hotel 

Dancing shoes: Ohanian carried a pair of dress shoes (above) to change into and wore a pair of Adidas, the competitor to Serena's sponsor Nike

Dancing shoes: Ohanian carried a pair of dress shoes (above) to change into and wore a pair of Adidas, the competitor to Serena's sponsor Nike

Blacked out: There was no way to get a look at Serena, and assistants and workers got to work uinlaosing the car

Blacked out: There was no way to get a look at Serena, and assistants and workers got to work uinlaosing the car

Second mother: As always , Serena's agent Jill Smoller was there to help her every step of the way (above) 

Second mother: As always , Serena's agent Jill Smoller was there to help her every step of the way (above) 

DailyMail.com did capture Isha Price sitting in the front seat of a chauffeured car as it pulled in on Thursday, with Serena's older sister appearing to be in a green velvet look. 

There will be no photos from inside the event per the bride's request.

That was also the case on Wednesday, but Serena's sister Lyndrea seemed to violate that request as she posted a pic of herself with WME executive Carlos Fleming.

It was a romantic day all around, with guest Eva Longoria and husband Jose Baston spotted hugging and kissing as the pair left Serena's rental home on Thursday.

The couple visited the $1.6 million mansion with Serena's best friend that is not her sister on the WTA Tour, Caroline Wozniacki.

She too was glowing as she walked hand-in-hand with her fiancee of two weeks, former NBA star Daid Lee, in photos taken by DailyMail.com.

Wozniacki also got a chance to flash her 8.88-carat ring, which is amn upgrade from the 8-carat stone she got from he ex Rory McIlroy in 2014 before the two split. 

BREAKING ALL THE RULES: Serena's sister Lyndrea violated the no phone rule at the rehearsal dinner then  shared a snap fro inside (above) 

BREAKING ALL THE RULES: Serena's sister Lyndrea violated the no phone rule at the rehearsal dinner then  shared a snap fro inside (above) 

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Serena Williams Just GAVE BIRTH

Baby girl: Serena Williams posted the first photos of her daughter Alexis on Instagram Wednesday (above)

  • Serena Williams posted the first photos of her daughter Alexis on Instagram Wednesday 
  • Alexis Jr. is named after her father and Serena's fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian
  • Serena also reveals that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after the birth of Alexis due to complications  
  • She did not go into any further detail, and Alexis Jr was born weighing a healthy 6lbs 14ozs according to Serena 
  • Serena had to inject herself with anticoagulants daily while pregnant to avoid getting blood clots after suffering bilateral pulmonary embolisms in 2011 
Serena Williams shares her pregnancy journey and baby pics
Baby girl: Serena reveals that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after the birth of Alexis due to complications (above)

Baby girl: Serena reveals that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after the birth of Alexis due to complications (above)

Baby girl: Serena also reveals that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after the birth of Alexis due to complications (Serena and Alexis Jr above)
Bundle of joy: Alexis Jr. is named after her father and Serena's fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Bundle of joy: Alexis Jr. is named after her father and Serena's fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Blue steel: The tennis star appeared to be teasing the upcoming video on Tuesday night when she posted a photo of herself and her fiance, writing: '... but are you ready?'

Blue steel: The tennis star appeared to be teasing the upcoming video on Tuesday night when she posted a photo of herself and her fiance, writing: '... but are you ready?'

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video after speaking about the complications.

She does not go into any details beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.

Serena also posted a photo of her daughter resting on her shoulder to Instagram, writing: 'Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories.'

She had guessed that she was having a girl in an interview with Vogue that ran in the magazine's September issue.

'Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl,' said Serena. 

'Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.'

Baby on board: Serena also shared photos that showed her baby bump throughout he pregnancy (above at 39 weeks)

Baby on board: Serena also shared photos that showed her baby bump throughout he pregnancy (above at 39 weeks)

I woke up like this: Serena's birth was announced at the same time as sister Venus' third round win at the US Open (above at 33 weeks)

I woke up like this: Serena's birth was announced at the same time as sister Venus' third round win at the US Open (above at 33 weeks)

Greatest of all time: Serena admitted that she was 'nervous' about childbirth in a recent interview (above at 22 weeks)

Greatest of all time: Serena admitted that she was 'nervous' about childbirth in a recent interview (above at 22 weeks)

In the beginning: Serena announced that she was pregnant with this bathing suit post at 20 weeks (above)

In the beginning: Serena announced that she was pregnant with this bathing suit post at 20 weeks (above)

Guessing game: 'Alexis thinks we¿re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it¿s a girl,' said Serena in a recent interview (above at 15 weeks)

Guessing game: 'Alexis thinks we’re having a boy, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a girl,' said Serena in a recent interview (above at 15 weeks)

Grand Slam: 'Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,' said Serena (above at the Australian Open)

Grand Slam: 'Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,' said Serena (above at the Australian Open)

Few are tougher than Serena however, which is why it was a bit of a surprise to hear her say that she was 'nervous about childbirth' in that same interview. 

'I’m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it,' said Serena. 

'But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, Am I going to be good enough?' 

Among the things Serena has been doing to take care of her health while p[regnant was inject her body with anticoagulants every day so that she avoided getting blood clots.

She is at high risk after an incident in 2011 when complications from a foot surgery caused bilateral pulmonary embolisms, and led to her lengthiest exit from the tour.

Taking care of business: Serena is at high risk for clots after an incident in 2011 when complications from a foot surgery caused bilateral pulmonary embolisms, and led to her lengthiest exit from the tour (above getting to work on the nusery)

Taking care of business: Serena is at high risk for blood clots after an incident in 2011 when complications from a foot surgery caused bilateral pulmonary embolisms, and led to her lengthiest exit from the tour (above getting to work on the nusery)

Preparing for baby: As a result of that incident, Serena had to inject her body with anticoagulants every day while pregnant to avoid  getting blood clots (Serena above in a baby class)

Preparing for baby: As a result of that incident, Serena had to inject her body with anticoagulants every day while pregnant to avoid  getting blood clots (Serena above in a baby class)

Serena gets to work on nursery

 If she builds it, she will come: Serena did not rely on movers or builders to put together her baby's crib

On the way: Serena showed her and fiance Alexis (above) as they made their way to the hospital for the birth of their baby

On the way: Serena showed her and fiance Alexis (above) as they made their way to the hospital for the birth of their baby

Touching tribute: Alexis wrote that Serena was 'the most beautiful woman on earth' in a video he took of her on the way to the hospital (above) 

Touching tribute: Alexis wrote that Serena was 'the most beautiful woman on earth' in a video he took of her on the way to the hospital (above) 

Nailed it: Serena, who is a certified nail technician, showed off picture perfect tips even after giving birth (above)

Nailed it: Serena, who is a certified nail technician, showed off picture perfect tips even after giving birth (above)

Serena will be back though in just a few months, which even she realizes is a bit unreal. 

'It’s the most outrageous plan,' said Serena. 

'I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.'

She then revealed her fear of fading away, something that would never happen given her complete dominance in the sport.

'In this game you can go dark fast. If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, she’s done. Especially since I’m not 20 years old,' said Serena. 

'I’ll tell you this much: I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.' 

Baby plan: 'I¿m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I¿ve had surgeries galore, and I don¿t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it,' said Serena earlier this summer (above wearing Versace at the Met Ball in May with Alexis)

Baby plan: 'I’m not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I’ve had surgeries galore, and I don’t need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it,' said Serena earlier this summer (above wearing Versace at the Met Ball in May with Alexis)

Big changes: 'But the biggest thing is that I don¿t really think I¿m a baby person. Not yet. That¿s something I have to work on,' said Serena (above)

Big changes: 'But the biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on,' said Serena (above)

New role: I¿m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, Am I going to be good enough?' wondered Serena (above with Alexis at her 50s themed baby shower)

New role: I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, Am I going to be good enough?' wondered Serena (above with Alexis at her 50s themed baby shower)

Fruits of her labor: Few are tougher than Serena, which is why it was a bit of a surprise to hear her say that she was 'nervous about childbirth'

Fruits of her labor: Few are tougher than Serena, which is why it was a bit of a surprise to hear her say that she was 'nervous about childbirth'

dancing towards the finish line: Alexis also posted video of his wife dancing towards the end of her pregnancy (above)

dancing towards the finish line: Alexis also posted video of his wife dancing towards the end of her pregnancy (above)

The tennis star appeared to be teasing the upcoming video on Tuesday night when she posted a photo of herself and her fiance, writing: '... but are you ready?'

It was her first time posting on Instagram since the birth, with Serena having spent the past two weeks dealing with more important matters. 

She made her return to Twitter however on Friday, when the greatest female tennis player of all time made a point of congratulating this year's US Open finalists.

'There are NO words to describe how proud and how happy I am for @Madison_keys and @SloaneStephens for making the US open finals,' wrote Sernea about the two young, black Americans who were competing for the title in New York.

'These amazing women continue to change the game and bring excellence, power, finesse and change to tennis.'

She then added: 'What a joy it will be to watch this- hopefully first of many finals. Let's go ladies!'

Serena sent out her love and encouragement despite the fact that she was not competing and that Stephens, the eventual winner, beat her older sister Venus to earn a place in the final. 

Stephens and Keys may want to enjoy their success while they can however, as Serena is now looking to come back with a vengeance. 

 

Passing to torch (eventually): Serena's return to social media after her birth was not to share photos or news of her baby girl, but instead to congratulate to the two young, black American women in the US Open final (above)

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Serena Williams slams tennis star’s racist comment about unborn child

Serena Williams and fiance Alexis Ohanian welcomed their first child this morning  –  a very healthy baby.

Serena was induced last night at St. Mary’s Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida yesterday, and gave birth early this morning.

And the baby is a GIRL. Congrats to our HOMIE Serena – we wish you the best GIRRRRRL

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She's pregnant! Tennis star Serena Williams shows off her bump as she reveals she's 20 weeks along with her first baby Serena Williams slams tennis stars racist comment about unborn child entertainment 1x1.trans

Serena Williams hasn’t yet given birth and she’s already having to defend her unborn chid.

After Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase reportedly made a racist comment about her growing bundle of joy with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, Williams took to Twitter to quickly shut him down.

“Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” Nastase allegedly posted, according to Sports Illustrated.

The comment, for obvious reasons, angered many and even prompted the International Tennis Federation to investigate the incident.

“The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behavior of any kind,” the ITF said in a statement. “We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian Captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action.”

Taking to Instagram, Williams responded:

It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers. I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right. I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words…you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise.

I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support.

Serena

 

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Is Drake Wrong For FIRING SHOTS At Serena Williams TECHNOLOGY MOGUL FIANCE Alexis?

Serena Williams shows off her bump on Snapchat

The athlete announced on Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child

  • The star took to Snapchat to share a photo of her bump in profile
  • Serena said in a caption she was 20 weeks along in her pregnancy 
  • Her fiance is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33; he proposed in January

Serena Williams is pregnant with her first baby.

The tennis star, 35, made the announcement on Wednesday where she showed off her pregnant belly on Snapchat. 

Williams wore a yellow swimsuit and said she was 20 weeks along.

The athlete is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. 

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She's pregnant! Tennis star Serena Williams showed off her bump on Wednesday as she revealed is 20 weeks along with her fiance Alexis Ohanian's baby 

She's pregnant! Tennis star Serena Williams showed off her bump on Wednesday as she revealed is 20 weeks along with her fiance Alexis Ohanian's baby 

The lucky guy: The beauty has been engaged to Alexis since December 2016. He proposed with a large diamond ring, which she showed off in January. The couple are pictured last week

The lucky guy: The beauty has been engaged to Alexis since December 2016. He proposed with a large diamond ring, which she showed off in January. The couple are pictured last week

Serena had a small baby bump, which she showed in profile as she held up her phone to a mirror. The suit had two gold buttons and a cut out on the side with narrow straps.

Soon after she posted the image to Snapchat - as well as to Instagram stories - she deleted it, however.

A source has insisted to TMZ that Williams is indeed pregnant. Her reps have yet to confirm she is with child.

She didn't look pregnant here: Only a few weeks ago she showed off a smaller tummy

She didn't look pregnant here: Only a few weeks ago she showed off a smaller tummy

Later the Vogue cover girl shared Snapchat videos from her vacation.

In the clips she shows off the view from a hilltop then a look at ancient ruins. She also includes a peek at her stuffed monkey named Max sitting on her hotel bed.

News of her pregnancy comes as a surprise as she has been showing off a flat tummy on social media in the past few weeks.

But in early March, she pulled out of Indian Wells and Miami, citing a knee injury.

Already celebrating! Later she shared Snapchat vidos from her vacation. In the clips she shows off ancient ruins (left) and her hotel bed on which sits her monkey Max
Already celebrating! Later she shared Snapchat vidos from her vacation. In the clips she shows off ancient ruins (left) and her hotel bed on which sits her monkey Max

Already celebrating! Later she shared Snapchat vidos from her vacation. In the clips she shows off ancient ruins (left) and her hotel bed on which sits her monkey Max

Serena shares vacation video after pregnancy announcement

Competing in the Australia Open in late January must have been a challenge for Serena as she was already approximately eight weeks along at the time.

And she was most likely four weeks pregnant when Alexis proposed to her in late December. 

He popped the question with a large diamond ring, which she showed off in January. They had been dating for only 15 months before he got down on one knee.

'It feels good,' she said of the engagement in late January.

Loved up! Here the two are seen hugging in January soon after their engagement

Loved up! Here the two are seen hugging in January soon after their engagement

'I really haven't thought about it too much, because I wasn’t even really gonna think about it until after the tournament.

'So, I just keep saying, "February, I’ll start looking at the bigger picture of my life." But right now I’m just so focused that this is all I can think about.'

She also spoke glowingly of her husband-to-be: 'He’s incredibly — a really nice person,' she said. 

'I think he definitely treats everyone the same, which is really cool to see. Really, really nice to see.'

Williams, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, has been romantically linked in the past to Grigor Dimitrov, Patrick Mouratoglou, Amar'e Stoudemire, Hosea Chanchez, Jackie Long, Common, Colin Farrell, and Drake, among others.

Champs: Serena (right) with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy alongside sister Venus after the Women's Singles Final on day 13 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in January

Champs: Serena (right) with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy alongside sister Venus after the Women's Singles Final on day 13 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in January

Williams is quite a catch for Alexis.

She is one of the most recognized female athletes in the world: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on seven occasions, from 2002 to 2017.

The Florida resident also holds the most major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players.

A force: Williams is quite a catch for Alexis. She is one of the most recognized female athletes in the world: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on seven occasions, from 2002 to 2017. Pictured late January

A force: Williams is quite a catch for Alexis. She is one of the most recognized female athletes in the world: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on seven occasions, from 2002 to 2017. Pictured late January

The tennis ace is very wealth, too: according to Forbes, she is worth $150m.

Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price, and is the youngest of Price's five daughters: half-sisters Yetunde, Lyndrea and Isha Price, and full sister Venus.

She moved to LA's rough Compton neighborhood when she was still a toddler. When her career took off, the family moved to Florida.

Serena has made tennis the focus of her career, even though she has appeared on several TV shows (The Bernie Mac Show, ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and oversees a fashion line.

But now the star will have to take time off from the game, which she has rarely done since she started competing as a child.

He's a fan too: Ohanian watched her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in mid January

He's a fan too: Ohanian watched her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in mid January

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Serena Williams dances in her underwear {VIDEO}

Drake is LASHING OUT against Serena’s new tech mogul fiancé Alexis Ohanian – and he’s doing it on a TRACK. It’s track 13 of More Life, specifically – the song is Nothing’s Into Somethings.

This song is basically a track where Drizzy vents about his relationship with Serena.

The lyrics go:

“Did I just read that you just got engaged on me?
 I heard from your friend, you couldn’t even tell me or better yet, wait on me”

“Ask about that, you would say it was nothing
. But here’s another nothing that you made into something.

Drake said “another nothing” . . . Alexis’s official Reddit handle is “Kn0thing”

(https://www.reddit.com/user/kn0thing).

And look what Serena posted on Reddit . . . 

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Serena Williams owes black men nothing for her white fiancé --- Do you agree?

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Serena Williams engaged to Alexis Ohanian after Reddit co-founder pops the question during surprise getaway to Rome Serena Williams owes black men nothing for her white fiancé entertainment 1x1.trans

Thursday afternoon, the internet was flooded with reports that Serena Williams had announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, to the surprise of just about anyone who read it.
The relationship, which had pretty much been a secret to most, quickly went viral for all public consumption. A moment that should have been met with congratulations for the greatest athlete of all-time soon was hit with the shattering sound of angry keystrokes of black men as their egos and fragile masculinity crashed at the intersection of Twitter and Facebook. One headline even read, “Drake and Common’s ex gets Engaged.”


Serena Williams (L) and fiancé Alexis Ohian, co-founder of Reddit (R).

Apparently, the fragility of black masculinity happened to forget the name of the most decorated woman in sports history, as her engagement, for whatever reason, seemed to be a direct attack against their manhood.

If you haven’t guessed it already, Alexis Ohanian isn’t black, and black men made their grievance clear: their ‘Black Queen’ had betrayed them. These are probably the same black men secretly living under the Kanye West motto of “And when you get on, he’ll leave your ass for a white girl.” Somehow these men felt as if Serena Williams, the embodiment of the black woman, had not done her due diligence in giving enough black men a chance to be her Prince Charming.

When a celebrity gets engaged it’s likely met with commentary from the peanut gallery from all sides. But the underlying factors in the racial comments directed at Williams’ engagement are problematic, and in hotep fashion, lack context around her blackness and how she can be pro-black and yet have a white fiancé.

Williams is no stranger to racism and her career has often seen her fight against it.We’re talking about a woman, who for 15 years boycotted a tournament in her hometown of Indian Wells, California, after being booed and targeted with slurs by a racist crowd.space“> A woman who consistently spoke out about police brutality against black men in America, and uses her platform and voice to push social justice issues to a larger stage in an effort to make a greater impact on her community. 

 

The black feminism she has displayed throughout her career–even further cemented by her cameo in the epic Beyoncé‘s visual album LEMONADE–proved she wasn’t scared to stand up for what she believes in despite the racism and sexism she could, and would face.

The most decorated woman in sports history has time and time over proved her ‘blackness’ (even though she never had to), including showing her appreciation for black culture and the importance of its preservation. Serena Williams has stood defiant as a black woman, even when black men disrespected her with sexist, misogynistic, transphobic remarks over her looks or for simply being a passionate, bossed up black woman. The double standard against black women who date outside their race has once again reared its ugly head, and the questioning her loyalty is unfair.

When a person deemed ‘pro-black’ is found out to be in an interracial relationship it can be jarring for some. Why that is so is a very layered thing. Whether spoken or unspoken, many of us have attempted to have this conversation to only be met with surface level analysis that treats race as a monolith with no understanding of how one can fight for their own people while loving the race they are seemingly ‘fighting’ against. 

The easy answer is love is love. 


NEW YORK – APRIL 06: Actor/rapper Common and tennis player Serena Williams attend the premiere of “Date Night” at Ziegfeld Theatre on April 6, 2010 in New York City. 

The interesting point in this whole situation is that this isn’t the first time Serena Williams has been linked to dating a white man. Even more, Williams has very publicly dated black men. It would be one thing if we were talking about “preference,” but in this case, some of black men’s reaction to Williams’ engagement fall into the dangerous territory of feeling like they have ownership of her.

Indeed, Serena Williams is a black queen. But she isn’t YOUR Black Queen. No one has ownership of Serena Williams, or any black woman for that matter. There is a double standard of sorts when black women date outside of their race, and we’re seeing it in true form in the responses to Williams’ happy announcement. The language being used suggests she has been “stolen” from us, primarily from black men who never had a chance at being with Serena Williams in the first place! 

It takes a lot of gall for a group of men, who constantly disrespected Williams over the years, to all of a sudden be shocked when she decides to marry a white man. When will black women ever just be able to be?

During a recent interview, Williams argued that if she were a man she would be considered the “greatest athlete of all time.” Unfortunately for her, if she were a man, her engagement would be celebrated and would probably be met with comments like, “black women better step their game up.”  

As the late great Malcolm X once said, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman,” and the black men who are mad at Williams only prove this to be more true.

But guess what? She ain’t sorry

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Serena Williams hits back at sexism in sports while showing off her six-pack in stunning cover shoot - one month after being labeled 'manly' by online trollsSerena Williams engaged to Alexis Ohanian during surprise getaway to Rome

  • Serena Williams is engaged to be married
  • Her boyfriend, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, popped the question during a surprise trip to Rome 
  • Williams, 35, shared the news by writing a poem on Reddit, revealing that Ohanian asked her to marry him at the table where they first met by chance 
  • Ohanian later commented on the poem, writing:  'And you made me the happiest man on the planet'
  • The two will have little time to celebrate, as Williams first tournament of the season is next week in New Zealand
  • In addition to wedding planning, Williams will also be chasing history this year as she hopes to become the first player in the Open Era to win 23 Grand Slams 

This holiday season, we spied everyone from Katy Perry to Oprah wearing supercute adult onesies. In the past, these sartorial wonders were reserved for children, but why should we let the kids have all the fun?

This winter, be sure to pick yourself up a warm and cozy onesie- you'll be lounging in them all winter. And while you're at it, why not get a matching set for the whole family or squad! 

Serena's is by Lazy One and is also available in red or grey, but they all come with the signature 'Bear Cheeks' flap. And the good news is you can buy it at Amazon.com now so click (right) to snap it up in time for your own winter lounging. Or shop our edit of similar printed onesies below.

Lovebirds: Williams graphic that showed her dressed in her tennis gear and floating on air as Ohanian presented her with a large diamond (above)

Memories: Ohanian marked his one-year anniversary with Williams earlier this year by saying he had fallen in love with tennis while in Rome a year prior (above)
Details: Williams poem about her surprise engagement, and Ohanian's comment about being the 'happiest man on the planet' (above)

Details: Williams poem about her surprise engagement, and Ohanian's comment about being the 'happiest man on the planet' (above)

Serena at vanity Fair Oscar party
Serena at the US Open

Greatest: In addition to wedding planning, Williams will also be chasing history this year as she hopes to become the first player in the Open Era to win 23 Grand Slams (left at the 2015 vanity Fair Oscar party, right in September at the US Open)

Caught on camera: Williams was first spotted out with Ohanian in November of 2015 (above) on video that was released when a man tried to steal the tennis player's phone off her table

Caught on camera: Williams was first spotted out with Ohanian in November of 2015 (above) on video that was released when a man tried to steal the tennis player's phone off her table

Serena Williams chases after thief and retrieves her phone
Over the past year, Ohanian has become Williams' biggest cheerleader on social media, documenting her accomplishments both on and off the court.

This past May he posted a photo of Williams playing in Rome, a tournament she would go on to win, writing: 'A year ago today, I became a tennis fan. One of the best decisions I ever made.'

Two months later, he documented Williams historic win at the All England Club, writing: 'Our queen stopped by center court today. �� So proud of you, @serenawilliams. 22 looks good on you. #Wimbledon.'

He then posted again later that same day when Williams and her sister Venus captured their sixth Wimbledon title in Ladies Doubles, writing:  'It was a good day. ���� These two are ready for Rio. #wimbledon.'

Ohanian also took his mother to sit in Williams' box during the tournament.

In September, when Williams broke yet another record at the US Open, Ohanian posted a photo and wrote: '308th career Grand Slam match win for the greatest, @serenawilliams - taking time out for her fans on her way to 309 and many more.'

And a few days after her devastating loss in that tournament he sat front row at her fashion show, snapping a pic as she took her final bow after the collection.

'Congrats on a great show @serenawilliams - so proud of you. Well on your way to dominating another industry. #NYFW #blurry,' wrote Ohanian. 

Serena Williams and Brett Ratner
Serena Williams and Common

Love life: Williams two longest relationships prior to Ohanian were with Brett Ratner (left in 2005) and Common (right in 2010)

Heartbreak: Williams was reportedly devastated when she was dumped by actor Jackie Long (above in 2007) after a few months of dating

Heartbreak: Williams was reportedly devastated when she was dumped by actor Jackie Long (above in 2007) after a few months of dating

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov
Patrick Mouratoglou and Serena

Tennis mates: Williams was linked to Grigor Dimitrov, who rebounded from their split with Maria Sharapova (left in 2015) and her tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou (right in June)

Prior to Ohanian, Williams was linked to a number of A-list stars from the worlds of film, music and sports.

Her first high-profile relationship came in 2002 with reports that she was dating football star Keyshawn Johnson, who was a decade her senior.

Johnson, who was the first pick in the 1996 draft, was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time and had just split with his first wife.

The relationship was never confirmed, but if true the two certainly had a positive impact on one another, with Serena winning four straight Grand Slams for the first time in her career between 2002 and 2003 and Johnson leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory. 

In 2004, Williams began dating director Brett Ratner, a relationship that would last for two years.

Ratner, who was 12 years older than Williams at the time, was at the peak of his career at the time thanks to the success of the first two Rush Hour films.

He directed the biggest film of his career during that time, X-Men: The Last Stand, which grossed close to $500million worldwide.

Williams meanwhile won just one Grand Slam during those two years.

After that relationship ended she dated actor Jackie Long in 2007, who reportedly dumped the tennis star.

Williams later wrote a blog detailing how a man believed to be Long 'disappeared for a week' before calling to break up with her at the same time she was falling in love with him.

Super Bowl: Williams was linked to Keyshawn Johnson back in 2002, in the middle of her first Serena Slam (above at a Super Bowl afterparty in 2003)

Super Bowl: Williams was linked to Keyshawn Johnson back in 2002, in the middle of her first Serena Slam (above at a Super Bowl afterparty in 2003)

Having some fun: There were rumors in 2010 that Williams was seeing New York Knicks star  Amar'e Stoudemire
Hotline bling: Williams was rumored to be with Drake throughout 2015, and he was courtside cheering her on at the US Open (above at her fashion show in September 2015)

Hotline bling: Williams was rumored to be with Drake throughout 2015, and he was courtside cheering her on at the US Open (above at her fashion show in September 2015)

The following year Williams began dating rapper Common, who she spent two years with.

The couple were frequently spotted out together at events, and even in the years after their split there were rumors that they had reunited. 

Williams was briefly linked to another A-list name after her split from Common, Amar'e Stoudemire.

Ohanian with his ex Sabriya Stukes in 2014

Ohanian with his ex Sabriya Stukes in 2014

She and the Stoudemire were rumored to be an item after she and the New York Knicks power forward were spotted attending events together in the city.

For her next relationship, Williams chose a tennis player, dating Bulgarian heartthrob Grigor Dimitrov.

The affair was brief, and after the split Dimitrov began dating Maria Sharapova, whom Williams has defeated in their last 18 straight matches. 

Next up was her tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, whom Williams was rumored to be with in 2012 after her split from Dimitrov.

That relationship fizzled out, but Mouratoglou has continued to be Williams coach and is credited with her incredible success over the past five years.

And last, but not least, were the rumors that Williams was dating Drake in 2015. 

Those rumors now seem to have been false as she would have been with Ohanian at the time, unless the two were not yet serious or on a break.

Meeting mom: Ohanian took his mother with him to watch Williams play at the All England Club over the summer

Meeting mom: Ohanian took his mother with him to watch Williams play at the All England Club over the summer

Loving boyfriend: Ohanian posted a photo commemorating Williams' historic win at Wimbledon over the summer (above)

Loving boyfriend: Ohanian posted a photo commemorating Williams' historic win at Wimbledon over the summer (above)

By her side: After Williams was defeated at the US Open, Ohanian was front row at her fashion show to support her

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Serena Williams hits back at sexism in sports after being labeled 'manly' by online

Twitter slams New York Times for Serena Williams ‘Body Image’ story

The tennis mega star is no stranger to the spotlight and has been heavily scrutinized for her physique. However, this cover, which shows off her very womanly curves in a form-fitting Elizabeth and James dress – may just be enough to quiet even her staunchest body image critics.

Inside the fall fashion issue, Williams opens up about dealing with racism, her history making career and all fashion forward things she and her sister have accomplished. “We brought fashion back to tennis,” she says proudly

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Comment by Big Shot... on March 2, 2018 at 2:02am

@AfricanGoddess: Now you know its the same old story when it comes to that money also. Somehow the white person always end up with it all or way more then what they came with, worked for, or is entitled to. Prenup or not. But you know, most of our black folks always makes it easy for them by not having one, talking that kiddie stuff, "We're so much in love we dont need that. Dont need to worry or think about money". Yeah, ok. White folks will go with that if they have nothing, or less then their spouse, but its not happening like that when they are the one holding the big coin. 

End result, it will be as always im sure. She gets taken. Shes already set herself up with the baby having his full name even before she had his last name. SMDH. Hailey Berry had to fight to keep get her son back and keep him I recall, wonder if she has him now. She left the country basically on some kid napping -ish. Now since when does a mother have to do all of that to keep their child being rich and famous? Totally mind boggling. This is that road Serina's on. One day they will learn!

Comment by Big Shot... on March 2, 2018 at 1:48am

@El-Bull I couldnt agree more. But, those that know nothing cant see nothing. All the birds see it like some come-up or a thing of greatness. Lost and delusional. We have a dark skinned Haitian female, hands down one of the greatest athletes of all time, just had a white baby. What does this teach little black girls about embracing their own? How about loving themselves? Loving their black male counterparts? Shes never worn her natural or represented black people much throughout her career, now she marries and gets pregnant by a guy that ran and created a racist website Britbart (she doesnt care).

Clear case of self hate. Success, money, fame cant change you physically unless you wanna do the science guinea pig thing which has become more and more common with black females today (& she too has shown that she has issues with herself). What was tabu is now getting to be common with the black female, skin bleaching, butt & tit injections, permenent eye contacts, scalp burning chemical perms or wig/weaves. All of these covers are masks, it says what you think about yourself and your people, all of what you feel. Wearing disguises isnt self love, wanting to change the genetic makeup of your offspring by getting a mate opposite of you and your family in every way, is not self love. The girl definitely has some issues. 

Comment by AfricanGoddess on November 23, 2017 at 11:25pm

I hope she had a lock tight prenup signed and sealed... You know when most of these unions become sour,it can get extremely ugly...  with everybody else winning it all,except the black spouse,even if the "other" spouse have their own money.

Comment by Big Woman on November 20, 2017 at 11:53am
Congratulations Serena & husband, mazel tov!
Comment by mr1stroke on November 17, 2017 at 11:47pm
Lol when these women see things like that they want to eat their hearts out, every body wants a ring but dont deserve it and may not get it
Comment by Seta Aset on November 17, 2017 at 6:57pm

I HOPE SHE'S READY TO PLAY 'FEMI/KISHAR' IN THE KEMETSTRY TRILOGY SAGA...

Comment by Vana on September 14, 2017 at 11:51am

She's a girl being named after her father so why is she a Junior?  I mean Alexis is a girl's name as well.

Comment by El-Bull on September 13, 2017 at 6:19pm

Jr.?????? WTF is wrong with these people???? AND LIKE I SAID BEFORE. SO WHAT, SHE'S DONE NOTHING MANY OTHER WOMEN HAVEN'T DONE AND DESERVES NO SPECIAL ACCOLADES FOR HAVE A CHILD. OH, WAIT, THIS IS PART OF THE SUBLIMINAL INDOCTRINATION, TO ENTICE BLACK WOMEN TO HAVE BABIES BY MEN, "OTHER THAN" BLACK MEN


Comment by mr1stroke on September 13, 2017 at 1:48pm

lol its sad niggers always trying not to see color, or pretend color dont exist, but those same niggers always complaining about being discriminate against because white people will always see color, the only race  on earth who dont cherish their own kind are the niggers, always looking for a hug from others in order to be happy, so sad now thats real pain well what can i say let see how happy all those who pick white women and men over their own kind, lets just sit and wait and see how many of those relationships last, so far we see how many that dont

Comment by Lyne on September 13, 2017 at 1:36pm
Where a black man sits down and masturbates with the right hand while thumb sucking the left hand, another man stands up. Please, we have to learn how to let others be happy to recognize our own happiness. Whatever makes people's boat float...who gives a flying f*** if she took a white, yellow, orange d!

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