Serena Williams pregnancy confirmed; posts picture on Snapchat and then deletes it

A pregnancy would likely end the 2017 season for Williams, who has not played since her Australian Open win, citing a knee injury.

It would be perfectly safe for Williams to continue with rigorous training throughout pregnancy, but how quickly she would return to tournament tennis was uncertain, the researchers said.

Her victory over sister Serena at Melbourne was her last competitive match.

She won a grand slam pregnant. Very impressive! Winning the Australian Open also meant that she beat Steffi Graf's previous record for the most Grand Slam singles titles, taking her into the record books.

Belgian player Kim Clijsters retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three majors titles as a mother.

Serena Williams will return to court in 2018, her spokesperson confirmed.

The possibility of a little one immediately sent Twitter into a tizzy, given that Williams' good friend Beyonce is pregnant with twins. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at age 17 in 1999 and has spent more than 300 weeks at No. 1.

The American seems to be happy in her personal life as she is due to get married to her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, and you can not rule out Wiliams from returning to tennis, and dominating once more, similar to Roger Federer, who missed six months on the ATP World Tour is having his best run in five years.

It comes after Serena got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis, 33, in December after 15 months of dating.

But the points she has accumulated in the four major events - she is the reigning champion at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and was a finalist at last year's French Open - have allowed her to remain in the top two in the rankings. But if she does want to come back, she's more than capable of it.

If she is to give birth later this summer, then she will surely not be seen on a tennis court for the rest of the year.

For Williams, who commands almost $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, becoming pregnant makes her all the more attractive to corporate sponsors, industry executives said.

  • Julie Sanders