Serena Williams won the Australian Open while about eight weeks pregnant.
Serena Williams’s pregnancy is confirmed.
23rd times Grand Slam winner is pregnant.
The most successful female tennis player is pregnant. The news was confirmed just 12 weeks after winning her record 23rd Grand Slam.
The picture on social media app Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting it by Serena. It suggests that Serena won the Australian Open while roughly eight weeks into her pregnancy and experts believe that we unlikely to see her compete in another Grand Slam before the French Open of 2018.
We expect her to be 37 when she returns.
Her representative confirmed that Serena Williams, 35, is due to give birth in the autumn.
Williams will miss the rest of the season, having not played since winning in Melbourne, citing a knee injury.
The most successful female tennis player is set to return to world number one next week and she would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.
Serena Williams is currently number two while Victoria Azarenka is world number one. Also, Azarenka gave birth to her first child in December and is expected to return to competition at the end of July.
Kim Clijsters who is from Belgium won the US Open in 2009 just 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.
Winning a Grand Slam while pregnant – analysis.
US Open Tennis responded to Serena Williams’ message by saying: “Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!”
Best female player of the Open era.
Serena Williams,35, who announced her engagement to the co-founder of community news and chat site Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, in December, is top of the all-time list of major winners since Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968.
The greatest female tennis player of the Open era is second only to Australian Margaret Court on the list of women’s all-time Grand Slam singles titles leaders – Court won 24 titles between 1960 and 1973.
Australian Margaret Court, who won the singles Grand Slam in 1970, gave birth to her first child in March 1972, aged 29, and returned to win three of the four Grand Slam events in 1973.
Williams is a five-time Tour finals winner, the last of which came in 2014, and was recently picked as the greatest female tennis player of the Open era by BBC Sport readers.