Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Williams to miss rest of season after announcing pregnancy

World tennis champion Serena Williams has announced she is 20 weeks pregnant, meaning the superstar was already expecting when she won the Australian Open in January.

Williams's pregnancy was confirmed after a wild day of speculation that began when a photograph was posted on Williams' Snapchat story, perhaps inadvertently, that showed her posing sideways in a yellow bathing suit with what looked like a baby bump.

Williams, who got engaged to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian late past year, has nothing left to prove on the court, and considering she's older than both Clijsters and Azarenka were when they took their respective breaks from tennis, no one would blame her if she chose to leave tennis for good. Only one woman has won more: Margaret Smith Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era.

Fans, nonetheless, congratulated Williams on her baby news, and lauded her capabilities as the "Greatest Player of All Time".

Serena hasn't played since then, pulling out of both Indian Wells and Miami, citing a knee injury.

Serena previously revealed she wants to have children "someday" but still feels like she is too young.

"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. While she must not have known about her pregnancy at the time she must have been in the early stages of her pregnancy. If Williams is 20 weeks pregnant and gives birth after a full term, she would have her child in early September during the fourth major, the US Open in NY. The United States Lawn tennis star is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and made the announcement of her pregnancy yesterday on Snapchat.

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Williams has not played since January and two major events are coming up: the French Open in May and Wimbledon in July.

Serena Williams' representative has confirmed the tennis ace is due to give birth in the autumn.

If Williams is pregnant, she's also managed to remain remarkably active. But if she does want to come back, she's more than capable of it.

Ohanian is the latest in a long line of suitors for Serena - she has also dated filmmaker Brett Ratner, basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire, and rapper Common.

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