Serena Williams' 13 best quotes on motherhood, victory and being sexy
20 April, 2017, 11:08 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No. 1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total during her career.
Without Williams, who was next due to play in May's Madrid Open, there would be a massive vacuum and a near free for all when it comes to the battle for the sport's biggest prizes. She shared a photo of her baby bump on Wednesday, April 19, via Snapchat.
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Several tennis players and organizations initially tweeted congratulations, but some removed their posts after Williams removed hers. She was busy growing a new human inside her, and perhaps not quite ready to share the news with the world.
The next Grand Slam tournament this year is the French Open, which starts in May. She added the caption, "20 weeks".
Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, though none has done so at Williams' age.
Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also won Grand Slam titles after having children. Victoria Azarenka, 27, had a son in December and is expected to be back on the tour in July.
Speaking to Glamour magazine last summer, she said: "I definitely want to have kids one day". "I've had people look past me because [of] the color of my skin, I've had people overlook me because I was a woman, I've had critics say I [would] never win another Grand Slam when I was only at number seven - and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I'm still going". Neither Williams nor her management team were immediately available for comment.
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