Monday, 19 February, 2018

Serena Williams Announces She's Pregnant Via Snapchat

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:56

She took three of those titles in 1973, the year after giving birth to her first child Daniel.

Williams appeared to initially announce her pregnancy via a Snapchat post on Wednesday, which saw a picture of the American accompanied by the caption "20 weeks".

Fans were shocked in December when Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, as many didn't even know the pair were dating.

She has bestrode tennis like a colossus, and now it looks like she may have won the Australian Open in January while in the early stages of pregnancy.

I won't lie. Like Janet Jacksons new white-looking baby I'm going to look at this little mixed race thing she brings into the world and say to Myself "she doesn't love herself".

Tennis' U.S. governing body, the United States Tennis Association, wrote on Facebook, "Join us in congratulating the GOAT and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian on this incredible news!" referring to Williams with the acronym for "Greatest of All Time".

Williams, though, has set "oldest ever" milestones for years.

Sharapova holds career head-to-head advantages over Kerber (4-3), Venus Williams (5-3), Karolina Pliskova (1-0) and Garbine Muguruza (3-0) - each of the non-Serena grand slam finalists since she was suspended from the game.

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

Just 12 weeks after she won her 23rd Grand Slam in Australia, she has revealed that she is pregnant and the baby is due this autumn.

The only other mothers to win slams in the Open era are Court's compatriot Evonne Goolagong and Belgian Kim Clijsters who were both 26 when they came back.

She was already nearly two months pregnant during that historic victory over her sister Venus Williams, which saw her become the most decorated tennis player of the Open Era and her first child is due later this year.

If she is to give birth later this summer then she will surely not be seen on a tennis court for the rest of the year.

Victories in Indian Wells and Miami past year - which included wins over Kerber and Serena - hinted that the two-time major victor was back to her best.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, also welcomed the news. Only one woman has won more: Margaret Smith Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era.