Tennis star and world number two player Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child and expecting the baby this autumn, her spokesperson has confirmed. Serena, who recently won a record 23rd Grand Slam in Australia in January, will miss the rest of the season.
The tennis star hinted at the good news when she posted a photo of herself on Snapchat wearing a swimsuit and revealing what appeared to be a large baby bump with the caption “20 weeks” on Wednesday.
Williams, who is engaged to the co-founder of community news and chat site Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, is on top of the all-time list of major winners since Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968.
She is second only to Australian Margaret Court on the list of women's all-time Grand Slam singles titles leaders. Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she gets ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth to her child.
Serena's snap suggests that she won the Australian Open without dropping a set while pregnant. pic.twitter.com/ltPndJRJBq— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) April 19, 2017