Serena Williams confirms pregnancy after earlier Snapchat post

20 April, 2017, 11:39 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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In her snap, she shared that she is 20 weeks pregnant and flaunted her growing baby bump in a sunny yellow swimsuit embellished with gold buttons on the sides. She pulled out of Indian Wells, Miami, and Madrid, citing knee trouble, and in early March, I speculated whether the lack of tournament play would hurt her chances in the French Open.

Williams won the Australian Open in January, beating her sister Venus in the championship round.

Serena Williams returns a shot during her third-round match against fellow American Nicole Gibbs at the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 21, 2017. Will her comeback now be overshadowed by Serena Williams' exciting news?

Williams also recently posted pictures of herself vacationing in Jamaica, where she went ziplining.

Serena suggested she is well into her second trimester as she captioned the post "20 weeks".

One of Williams' chief rivals, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, is edging closer to her return from the birth of her first child this summer in Stanford.

With 23 Grand Slam wins, Williams holds the record for the most by a player in the Open Era.

Williams deleted the photo shortly after it appeared and waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.

"Physically, if she has a normal, uneventful birth, the baby is a doll and she is not nursing, she could recover back to normal in about 4 to 6 weeks", said Dr. Bruce Young, Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

She was sidelined for nearly 12 months after her 2010 Wimbledon victory, returning from a potentially life threatening pulmonary embolism.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, won the Indian Wells and Miami titles in March of a year ago before missing the rest of the season as she awaited the birth of her first child in December.

The 35-year-old didn't drop a set in Melbourne.

"We've seen some other mothers come back. but will she have enough motivation when she sees that little one?" former world No. 1 Hall of Famer Tracy Austin said on the Tennis Channel.

Over her career, Williams has won 39 major titles, which is tops among active players.

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