Venus Williams Confirms Pregnant Sister Serena Williams Is Having a Girl

Serena Williams is expecting a baby girl, according to Venus Williams. Venus appeared to spill the beans during an interview with Eurosport on Wednesday, May 31.

“What is the baby going to call you?” the interviewer asked.

“She’s going to call me ‘favorite aunt,’” Venus, 36, said, laughing. “We’re all like, ‘Baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha.’ We all want the baby to be named after us.”

Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the 2016 Taste of Tennis Gala on August 25, 2016.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the 2016 Taste of Tennis Gala on August 25, 2016. Marcus Owen/startraksphoto.com

As previously reported, Serena, 35, and her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, are expecting their first child together. The four-time Olympic gold medalist accidentally revealed the news OF her pregnancy via Snapchat in April.

“On social media you press the wrong button and … 30 minutes later I missed four calls and I’m like, ‘That’s weird,'” she told Gayle King during a TED conference in Vancouver on April 25. “I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m getting. I’ve been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped.”

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 1, 2017.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 1, 2017. JENNIFER GRAYLOCK/INSTARimages.com

In the selfie, Serena showed off her growing baby bump and wrote “20 weeks.”

The athlete’s rep Kelly Bush Novak confirmed to Reuters that Serena is taking maternity leave, but she will be back on the court next year.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!