Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder

Tennis champion Serena Williams has announced her engagement to tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian.

The 35-year-old athlete revealed the exciting marriage news in the form of a poem on Thursday (29Dec16) via Reddit, the chat website her fiance co-founded in 2005.

Serena wrote: "I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome..."

She went on to reveal she and Alexis were first introduced in the romantic Italian city, and called Rome "the place where our stars first collided".

Serena then described the moment Alexis popped the question to her, revealing the proposal took place at the venue where they first met.

"At the same table we first met by chance, this time he made it not by chance, but by choice," she wrote.

She ended the sweet poem by adding: "Down on one knee, he said 4 words... And I said yes."

The tennis star first met the 33-year-old entrepreneur in 2015, and they have been smitten with each other ever since.

Earlier this year (16) Serena also revealed her plans to expand her family, revealing she wants to have children as soon as she settles down with the right partner.

“I definitely want to have kids one day,” she told America's Glamour magazine. “That’s always something I’ve wanted as long as I could remember. And the older I get, the more I’m like, 'I’m too young!'

"Hopefully I’ll be able to mature one of these days, get serious, and at least have them (kids) pretty fast."

Ohanian is the latest in a long line of suitors for Serena - she has also dated filmmaker Brett Ratner, basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire, actor Hosea Chanchez, Common, and sportsmen C.C. Sabbathia and Keyshawn Johnson.