Serena Williams is having a baby girl, if a suspected slip-up by her sister Venus is anything to go by.
Fans know that the tennis champion’s first child with her Reddit co-founder fiancé Alexis Ohanian is due in the autumn after she accidentally shared the news on Snapchat last month, but until now, the sex of the baby had been kept under wraps.
Serena is (understandably!) taking time off the court to focus on her pregnancy, but Venus is currently playing in the French Open. During a post-match interview on Wednesday, she was asked how her sister, who came to watch her win against Japan’s Kurami Nara, and the baby were getting on.
“I think it’s not easy for her to watch because, you know, obviously she knows she can do well here,” she told the Eurosport presenter, before possibly letting Serena’s big secret out of the bag.
“She is going to call me favourite aunt,” she said of the baby, before joking that all the Williams sisters are hoping to be its namesake. “We’re all like, baby V, baby Isha, baby Lyn. We all want the baby to be named after us.”
Serena has previously answered questions about the gender of her baby by saying it would be a “surprise”, most recently at the Met Gala in May.
But Serena’s baby news is exciting regardless of its gender. Girl or boy, Shevolution reckons she will be a fabulously feminist mother, bringing up girls to believe that anything is possible and boys to treat women as equals.
Here is just a handful of some of her most kick-ass quotes to back our expectation up:
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”
“Women have to break down many barriers on the road to success. One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw. People call me one of the “world’s greatest female athletes”. Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.” (Read her full open letter to women in the Guardian).
“If I have a daughter and she plays tennis, and I have a son who plays tennis, I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more money because he is a man. I would say they deserve the same amount of money.”
“I love ‘Phenomenal Woman’. The experiences Maya Angelou had of being African American in the US, that itself is a task. I appreciate the hardships she went through for our generation. I’m super influenced by the black people that paved the way for us.”
“I don’t have anything to prove ever. Ever in my life. You just have to prove to yourself that you can go out there and be the best that you can be and not prove anything to anyone. I think everyone should have that attitude.”
“Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good. I love me. I learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life and I embrace it. I love how I look. I love that I’m a full woman and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
“You can be whatever size you are and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not and that’s not right.”
“People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills.”
Serena, who won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in March without dropping a single set, while pregnant (#slay), is due to return to tennis in 2018. Her publicist has said that she has no plans to retire.