United States' Serena Williams hits a ball during a practice session at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Williams has announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The tennis great posted a poem on the social news website that she accepted his proposal. (New Zealand Herald via AP/Dean Purcell)
Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot.
The tennis great announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website's co-founder.
Williams' agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed the engagement in an email to The Associated Press.
Ohanian wrote on his Facebook page, "She said yes."
Williams, 35, has been dating Ohanian, 33, for over a year.
In this May 19, 2014 file photo, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian appears onstage at the 2014 Webby Awards in New York. Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot. The tennis great announced her engagement to Ohanian on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website's co-founder. (Invision/AP/Andy Kropa)
"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 I said yes."
Williams in July won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In September she passed Roger Federer for most all-time Grand Slam match victories, winning her 308th in the U.S. Open.
No wedding date has been announced.
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