Serena Williams proves you can do nearly anything while pregnant

Original: Serena Williams seemed to confirm she's pregnant with her first child on Snapchat but deleted the post moments later.

Little information was provided regarding the absence of Serena Williams during the spring swing as to her condition or when her return could be expected, but now things make more sense, because on Wednesday, the 23-time Grand Slam victor shared the news of her impending pregnancy.

Despite deleting the photo less than half an hour later, Serena's spokesperson soon confirmed that she's set to become a mother later this year.

Serena Williams has the pull of one last tennis record when she returns to the sport in 2018 (most likely to defend her Australian Open title).

Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in December and has not played on tour since her latest triumph in Melbourne.

If Williams is 20 weeks into her pregnancy, that means she was already expecting when she won her record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January - where she beat her elder sister Venus in the final. Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks". She may now have an Open era record of 23 Grand Slam victories, but Australian tennis player, Margaret Court won 24 Grand Slams over the Open and Amateur eras. The news was confirmed by Williams' publicist.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? Williams turns 36 in September this year, on the older side for a top level professional player.

Kelly Bush Novak told Reuters that Williams, 35, "definitely" would not be able to play again this year but "looks forward to returning in 2018".

Others have returned to the circuit after motherhood and prospered, including Kim Clijsters, the Belgian star who won the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011 after the birth of her daughter, Jada, in 2008.

Victoria Azarenka is a useful guide.

Only Australian Margaret Court has won more, capturing 24. They didn't win a major title pregnant.

Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No. 1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total during her career.

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