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Pregnant Serena Williams Will Miss Tennis Season

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:01

Her spokesperson, Kelly Bush Novak, followed up with a statement emailed to AFP confirming the pregnancy.

With confirmation that Serena Williams will not play for the remainder of 2017, there is a G.O.A.T. -shaped hole to be filled on the WTA Tour. Our women have went from being raped by these men, having our bodies taken and abused, babies implanted into our wombs, neglected or sold off to welcoming them into our bodies, womb and lives.

Serena Williams' representative has confirmed the tennis ace is due to give birth in the autumn. "We will let you know once we have further information".

In December, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site.

It's official, Tennis queen Serena Williams is pregnant and fans are going insane about it!

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was one of the game's top threats when she left last year to have her first child and the 27-year-old will have one of her main obstacles removed when she returns to competition later in 2017.

"She'll enjoy the journey of motherhood, and a little piece of her will be thinking about making a return". Court, an Australian, won the last three of those titles in 1973 after giving birth to a son, Danny, in 1972. "Congratulations Serena!" the US Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open, tweeted, using the acronym for "Greatest Of All Time". Clijsters retired in 2012 at 29.

Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles titles are a record for the Open era, which began in 1968.

The beginning of Williams' maternity leave coincides with the imminent return of two other big names on the tennis stage.

There is recent precedent for tennis players to return to action after becoming mothers.

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.

Azarenka has won seven of her nine career meetings with Kerber and is one of few players in possession of power even remotely similar to Serena. She has not competed since, citing a knee injury when withdrawing from tournaments at Indian Wells, California, and Key Biscayne, Florida.

Serena previously revealed she wants to have children "someday" but still feels like she is too young. "I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I hope she's going to come back and play again because I'll miss her to death".

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.

Serena Williams is pictured here reacting after winning a point against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women's Singles semifinal match previous year.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, also welcomed the news.