It is official now. Women's tennis superstar Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year, and that she was pregnant when she won the grueling Australian Open championship in January.
Williams and her fiance Alexis Ohanian shared the happy news on social media app Snapchat Wednesday.
The Reddit co-founder and Serena, who have been dating since the fall of 2015, had got engaged in December. They have mostly kept their romance out of the spotlight.
A mirror selfie shot of the greatest ever black woman tennis player, posing in a yellow swimming suit showing her baby bump with the message "20 weeks", attracted thousands on the net before the post was deleted.
Her publicist said the 35-year old World No. 2 American is due to give birth in the autumn, and would return to the tour only in 2018.
Serena won the Australian Open for a record seventh time on January 28.
That means she played seven grueling rounds of matches without dropping a set while she was pregnant.
Serena did not play competitive tennis since then.
By defeating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, Serena eclipsed Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, and regained the No1 ranking.
Steve Simon, Women's Tennis Association (WTA) chief executive, said: "We're excited for Serena. This is wonderful news and we wish her the very best. We'll look forward to seeing her when she's back competing again."
by RTT Staff Writer
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