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Serena Williams Announced Her Second Pregnancy

Heorhii Rysak

Serena Williams, the iconic tennis player, and 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, confirmed her second pregnancy on Monday during the Met Gala event in New York.

Williams made the announcement to reporters, revealing that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian were expecting another child.

As the couple arrived on the red carpet, Williams noted that there were now “three of us” in attendance. In October 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Olympia.

Last year, Serena Williams wrote in Vogue magazine about her desire to shift her focus away from tennis and prioritize her family. Serena Williams attending the Met Gala, an exclusive annual fundraiser for the Costume Institute hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a clear indication of her ongoing commitment to prioritizing her family. Her presence at such a high-profile event demonstrates that Williams is still able to balance her professional career and personal life on her own terms.

Serena Williams took to TikTok on Monday to share her enthusiasm about attending the Met Gala. She expressed how thrilled she was to receive an invitation from Anna Wintour, stating that she was overjoyed that the invitation was extended to all three members of her family.

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue and a dear friend of Serena Williams, serves as the chair of the Met Gala. Williams is a frequent guest of the annual event and has been in attendance for several years.

The Met Gala had an impressive list of co-chairs this year, including tennis legend Roger Federer, Grammy-winning singer Dua Lipa, actress Penélope Cruz, and writer, actor, and producer Michaela Coel. They all served alongside Anna Wintour, who acted as the chair for the evening. Federer’s presence added an extra level of star power to the already prestigious event.

Model Karlie Kloss made a surprise announcement at the event, revealing that she is expecting her second child.

How Serena and Met Gala Met?

Serena Williams, the professional tennis player, and tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian first met by chance while staying at the same hotel in Rome. In a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, Williams recounted the story of their initial encounter by the hotel pool, where Ohanian had sat down at the table next to them. Williams expressed her surprise, saying, “All these tables, and he’s sitting here?”

After their chance meeting at the hotel pool in Rome, Alexis Ohanian joined Serena Williams for breakfast that same morning. Williams extended an invitation to Ohanian to attend her match at the Italian Open, which he accepted. Over a year later, in December 2016, Ohanian proposed to Williams at the very same hotel where they had first met, cementing the start of their romance.

In a heartwarming Reddit post announcing her engagement, Serena Williams, the founder of S by Serena, shared a poem detailing the romantic proposal. According to Williams, she arrived home to find a bag packed for her and a carriage waiting to take her to Rome, where Ohanian was waiting to escort her to a special destination. The couple returned to the spot where they had first met, and this time, Ohanian had planned the meeting intentionally. He got down on one knee and proposed to Williams, who happily accepted, saying “yes” to the four words he spoke.