Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

It's a girl! Venus lets Serena baby secret slip

Pregnant with a baby girl due later this summer, Serena has been in Europe and showed up at Venus's match in the middle of the first set.

Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: "She's going to call me her favourite aunt".

Venus, who made her debut here in 1997 and was runner-up to Serena in 2002, next faces Kurumi Nara, who beat 15-year-old American Amanda Anisimova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players' lounge in the French Open's main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday.

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost her first-round match 6-2, 6-2 against 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova, while third-seeded Simona Halep is struggling with a right ankle injury.

Williams' backhand was particularly impressive, providing 12 of her 30 winners.

The victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is not playing for the rest of this season because she is pregnant. Nara finally got herself on the scoreboard in the set when Williams missed a break point after hitting a backhand unforced error, allowing the Japanese to regain some confidence.

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"It's always a joy when you can control the match", Williams said after the 80-minute match.

"I'm sure she feels the excitement of being at a major and not having the pressure to play and prepare - must be an interesting feeling to say the least".

"I don't know yet, that's the problem", she said, laughing. Venus also has a chance at her 10th French Open fourth round appearance. "He raised me to be a competitor and a fighter until the last point", Johnson said.

Serena Williams couldn't stay away from the French Open. "I don't know how well I'm going to do, because I don't know what to do".

Back in April she posted a cute letter to her unborn child in an Instagram post, saying: 'I can't wait for you to join the players box next year.

Her movement is superb on any surface, and while she doesn't glide around the court as she does on grass, Venus would run gracefully in a sand pit, never mind on clay.

The women's game is notorious for its lack of consistency in the top seeds, with Williams completely dominating but absent here, and upsets are pretty much par for the course. "I was just hanging in there, being aggressive and waiting for my moment".

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