Serena Williams is pregnant and is due in fall and after much speculation this news has been confirmed by her representative. The 35-year-old superstar took the social media by surprise and confusion prevailed when she posted a picture of herself on Snapchat, posing in front of the mirror in a body hugging outfit with the message “20 weeks” – indicating her pregnancy. The snap was immediately deleted but not before it had caught the eye of her fans!
“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,” said Kelly Bush Novak, the American’s representative. This also means that Williams was close to two months pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam Singles title at the Australian Open in January this year.
Yes. You heard that right.
And with that, this unbelievable tennis player has proved, yet again, that she is indeed a superwoman! With this win, she had broken a tie with Steffi Graf to set a record for the Open era. US Open Tennis was quoted saying: “Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!”
The reigning world number two champion will be missing out on some major events this season – the French Open which starts on May 28, Wimbledon in early July and the US Open later in August. She hasn’t played since winning the Australian Open in January. She had pulled out of her upcoming tournaments – Indian Wells and Miami because of an injury in the left knee.
Williams, who had announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit last December, has nothing left to prove her calibre in tennis. She will return to world number one in the next week. According to WTA special ranking rule, she can retain her ranking if she plays a tournament within 12 months of giving birth.
There have been quite a few players who returned to tennis post pregnancy. Australia’s former world number one, Margaret Court, who still holds the record of the highest Grand Slam titles is one amongst them. Belgian superstar, Kim Clijsters, had won the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011, after the birth of her daughter, Jada, in 2008. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who gave birth to her first child in December has reportedly returned to rigorous training and is aiming the WTA event in Stanford at the end of July.
Will Serena return to add the 24th Grand Slam to her bag of titles, in France 2018 remains a question. If she does that she’ll match Margaret Court’s and the highest so far record of 24 Grand Slam titles.