German professional tennis player and former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber welcomed her first child, a baby girl with Franco Bianco, manager of Königstein im Taunus.

Kerber shared the good news on her Instagram. She wrote – “Welcome to our family, Liana *25.02.2023 ❤️🍼💫
Having you with us is the most beautiful & overwhelming feeling we could have ever imagined.”

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Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber and Liana (Photo Credit: Instagram/angiekerber)

The last time Kerber competed on tour was at the Wimbledon Championships in 2022, where the previous champion lost in the third round.

Six months ago, she revealed her pregnancy to the public just days before the US Open, but she hinted at a comeback after the birth of her first child.

In addition to Naomi Osaka, who announced her own pregnancy just before the Australian Open and made a rare public showing to attend Super Bowl LVII over the weekend, Kerber leads the most recent WTA baby boom.

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Kerber announced her pregnancy in an amusing social media post in August, saying she was looking forward to the US Open but didn’t think it would be fair to play ‘two against one.’

“I really wanted to play in the @usopen, but I eventually decided that two against one isn’t a fair competition,” she tweeted.

At the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, Kerber, who had previously won a WTA championship on the clay courts of Strasbourg, lost in the third round.

Angelique Kerber revealed her intentions for a comeback towards the end of last year, but she said she wasn’t sure when she’d start playing again because she wants to wait until she feels completely at ease with her level of fitness and tennis. After competing in her final event at Wimbledon as the No. 19 in the world, the 35-year-old is now down to No. 111 in the WTA rankings.

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“I don’t know what time or which tournament because I really want to take the time,” Angelique Kerber said in an interview with the WTA in December. “And when I come back, I want to come back 100 percent, fit again and feel good. This is the plan.”

Regarding her upcoming comeback, Kerber also shared some insightful counsel she received from her tour companions, emphasising the value of taking some time off with her family and delaying her return until she is completely prepared.