Family additions

Both Victoria Azarenka and former player Li Na, have given birth to boys just before Christmas while Serena Williams has announced her engagement to the co-founder of the Reddit social media site.

Today I had my hardest fight and my very best victory!

Azarenka has a boy
Former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka ended the 2016 season with a new addition to her family as she announced the birth of her first child a few days before Christmas and not long after checking in with fans and friends on the USAŠ—Ès Tennis Channel.
The former No 1 began the season winning three titles in Brisbane and the elusive Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami, but left the tour back in July after announcing her pregnancy.
Azarenka took to social media to share her first picture as a mother on Twitter: Š—“Today I had my hardest fight and my very best victory! Our son was born healthy and happy! So thankful and blessed! Thank you _™È December 20, 2016Š—
Kei Nishikori, a good friend of VikaŠ—Ès, sent some flowers to her home to congratulate the Belarusian on her maternity.
Here is what the card, shared on Twitter by Azarenka said: Š—“Congrats with your baby boy! We are so happy for you. Best, Team Kei (Kei, Dante (Bottini) Michael (Chang), Robbie, Nakan and Olivier.Š—
Š—“So sweet! Thank you so much @keinishikori and Team KeiŠ—, the Belarusian responded.
Speaking about her future comeback to the tennis competition, Azarenka recently said: Š—“I don’t feel I’m missing out on something I won’t be able to do again.
Š—“For me, it’s about getting to where I want to be and be back there again. That’s my ultimate goal. I’m confident that I’ll be able to play tennis again pretty soon.Š—

Li Na and her husband attending an event promoting a Don't drink and Drive promotion in Japan

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Second child for Li Na
Former World No 2 Li Na became a mother for the second time, announcing the birth of a baby boy on her Weibo account on 23 December.
She has named her son Sapajou.
Li had first had her first child back in June 2015 when the little Alisa was born.
Both the mother and the son are reported to be doing well.

Serena Williams in Auckland where she is opening her 2017 challenge

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Serena announces engagement to Reddit co-founder
Serena Williams announced last week that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, breaking the news with a poem on her verified Reddit account.
Williams, 35, and Ohanian, 33, did not reveal a wedding date in the postings, listed under the Reddit tag ‘isaidyes’.
“I came home A little late, Someone had a bag packed for me, And a carriage awaited, Destination: Rome, To escort me to my very own “charming” Back to where our stars first collided, And now it was full circle At the same table we first met by chance, This time he made it not by chance But by choice, Down on one knee He said 4 words And r/isaidyes,” Williams posted on her account.
A reply from his verified account said: “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”
The WTA Tour, which Williams has dominated for much of her career, posted a photo of Williams and Ohanian on Twitter with a message of congratulations.
Williams won this year’s Wimbledon crown, the 71st singles title of her career, to match Steffi Graf with an Open Era-record 22 Grand Slam singles titles, two shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
She later completed 186 consecutive weeks as world number one, matching Graf for the longest run at the top in rankings history, but she was dethroned from the spot by Angelique Kerber in September.



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