Serena Williams’ rivalry with Maria Sharapova takes an interesting turn

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates at the net after winning the Ladies Singles Semi Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Serena Williams and fiance Alexis Ohanian welcomed a baby girl on Friday. While Williams’ daughter did not choose the timing of her emergence, her birth marks a key, and admittedly unintentional, moment in Williams’ rivalry with Russian player Maria Sharapova.

“Maria Sharapova is back,” the tennis world exclaimed this week as she returned from a 15-month suspension. But the headlines were quickly overshadowed by news of the Williams’ delivery.

And a short dive into history shows that this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Williams chose an interesting day to announce her pregnancy earlier this year — Sharapova’s birthday.

As it turns out, others have also noticed:

More on Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova’s rivalry can be found here.

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