>> It's a baby girl from tennis powerhouse Serena Williams and U.S. Open Tennis on Friday tweeted out congratulations from some players. Rogers reporter Rory Carroll is there.>> The buzz at the U.S. Open isn't even what's happening at Flushing Meadows it's about Serena Williams welcoming her first child.
The question now is will she come back and when she does will she be the dominant self that we've come to expect over the years? Serena was quoted in Vanity Fair earlier this year saying she had the outrageous plan to come back for the Australian open which is in January.
That would be a sensational turnaround. She would be there to defend her title. She won the Australian Open while pregnant earlier this year, unbeknownst to anyone but herself. Without Serena here, it opens the draft to many players including her older sister, 37 year old Venus Williams, a two time champion at Flushing Meadows, but who hasn't won since 2002.
She's been playing great tennis, and looks poised to make a deep run in this tournament. The other big story line here here is on the women's side, and it's Maria Sharapova. The Russian has come back from serving a 15 month doping ban. She has split opinions on the tour and among fans as to whether it was too lenient to give her a wild card, to enter this tournament, the former world number one is look very good in her first matches.