What a wild week for the WTA, and the season hasn’t even started yet.
On Wednesday, Ana Ivanovic announced that she was retiring from professional tennis.
And on Thursday, not to be outdone, Serena Williams revealed that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The legendary American broke the news on—where else?—Reddit.
I said yes from isaidyes
The engagement has been confirmed by Williams’ agent.
Serena Williams' engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been confirmed by her agent.— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) December 29, 2016
Williams' post included an animation and a poem, and she linked to it on Facebook.
The poem reads:
I came home
A little late
Someone had a bag packed for me
And a carriage awaited
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
Ohanian responded, "And you made me the happiest man on the planet."
What a way to end 2016: Serena Williams announces she's engaged! pic.twitter.com/kKr9O5gVtj— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 29, 2016
Williams, 35, has never been married, nor has Ohanian, 33. The businessman was born in Brooklyn and currently lives in San Francisco. According to the Associated Press, the two have been dating for over a year. A wedding date has not been set yet.
The world No. 2 arrived in Auckland on Thursday, where she's scheduled to play the ASB Classic beginning Jan. 2. Williams has 22 Grand Slam singles titles, tied with Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era.