Reuters reports:

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li, a former basketball player with the Chinese national team, celebrated the birth of their first child on Friday.

“We are happy to announce the arrival of our daughter,” seven-times NBA All-Star Yao, China’s most popular sportsman, said in a statement. “This is a very special moment in our lives. We thank everyone for their support.”

Marc Spears of Yahoo reports:

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, are now the parents of a baby girl born in Houston on Friday. The baby, whose name was not released, weighs seven pounds and nine ounces.

Both Ye Li and the baby are in good health. The girl is the couple’s first child.