Williams to miss rest of season after announcing pregnancy

"Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open". Later on Wednesday she posted her photo while flaunting a baby bump with caption of "20 weeks" she was wearing a yellow swim suit in the photo and then she deleted the photo after a couple of minutes.

It may be recalled here that she got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexi Ohanian in December.

Williams is the second leading women's tennis player to announce a pregnancy in the a year ago.

The couple announced they were engaged in December past year, after dating for 15 months.

Her spokesperson, Kelly Bush Novak, followed up with a statement emailed to AFP confirming the pregnancy.

She has not played since the Australian Open, citing a knee injury.

CNN has reached out to reps for Williams, Ohanian and the Women's Tennis Association for comment.

In one of Serena Williams's interview when she was asked about a baby she said: "I definitely want to have kids one day". "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall". Serena Williams has not played any match after her title win at the Australian Open.

The Snapchat photos prompted an overwhelmingly positive response from the tennis world, with US Open organisers publicly congratulating Wiliams on Twitter.

After deleting the Snapchat post, there was speculation as to whether Williams was just playing with fans - even as good wishes flowed in from fellow celebrities and US Open Tennis.

Other female tennis players have had children and returned to the tennis circuit with great success.

At 35 and four months, Williams was already the oldest woman - by nearly two years - to win a major when she reigned at Melbourne Park to eclipse Steffi Graf's open-era record of 22 grand slam singles crowns. The Belgian player Kim Clijsters retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three Grand Slam titles as a mother. Her inactivity saw her drop to second in the world rankings, but she is poised to return to regain the top spot from Germany's Angelique Kerber on Monday. She ranks behind only Margaret Court's 24 on the career list. She is the greatest of all time.

  • Julie Sanders