Serena Williams' pregnancy confirmed by rep

20 April, 2017, 13:29 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant. Pic Getty

Her inactivity saw her drop to second in the world rankings, but she was poised to return to regain the top spot from Germany's Angelique Kerber on Monday.

Tennis champion Serena Williams seemed to announce she is 20 weeks pregnant in a photo on Snapchat Wednesday, then took the photo down from the social media site a few hours later.

Serena Williams is expecting a baby in autumn, her representative has confirmed. "I'm happy to confirm that Serena is expecting a baby this fall", Novak said in a statement.

At 35 and four months, Williams was already the oldest woman - by nearly two years - to win a major when she reigned at Melbourne Park to eclipse Steffi Graf's open-era record of 22 grand slam singles crowns.

She is also a five-time Tour finals victor, the last of which came in 2014, and was recently picked as the greatest female tennis player of the Open era by BBC Sport users.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has seemingly taken to Snapchat to announce she is pregnant.

A congratulatory tweet from the Women's Tennis Association was also deleted.

The spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, told Reuters that Williams "is definitely not able to play in 2017 and she looks forward to returning in 2018".

Her victory over older sister Venus Williams broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most major singles championships in the sport's open era.

Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, although none has done so at Serena Williams' age. Neither Williams nor her management team were immediately available for comment.

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and tennis star Serena Williams shared a post-Easter snap.

"I'm elated for her; I've seen her with our son, and she will be a great mother", said Andy Roddick, a former men's world No. 1 who is a good friend of Williams and has known her since childhood.

"She's already done so much, does she need more?"

It would be perfectly safe for Williams to continue with rigorous training throughout pregnancy, but how quickly she would return to tournament tennis was uncertain, the researchers said. But announcing the big news in a bright yellow one-piece was certainly one way to do it, as Williams has actually been a fan of the bold color for quite a while, frequently wearing it for photo shoots and while vacationing.

Sister Venus, 36, has won seven grand slam singles titles.

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