Love game for Serena: Spox says Williams is pregnant

Lynette Rowe
April 21, 2017

Serena will return to the tennis circuit in 2018, when she is 36 years old.

Serena Williams has revealed she is 20 weeks pregnant.

The athlete is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.

Williams was engaged to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, at the end of past year and, if she is already 20 weeks pregnant, was expecting during her record-breaking run at the Australian Open, where she won her 23rd Major title without dropping a set.

She has bestrode tennis like a colossus, and now it looks like she may have won the Australian Open in January while in the early stages of pregnancy.

The Belarussian has as far to go to reach the top as anybody in this selection, Sharapova aside, but Azarenka's progress will be fascinating, once she returns to action after giving birth to her first child.

But the news was out, and her spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, soon afterwards confirmed to Associated Press and Reuters that Williams is indeed expecting a baby in the autumn.

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The Reddit post was of an drawing of Serena wearing her tennis gear and Alexis on one knee proposing, with the words "Future Mrs. Kn0thing" above them.

Williams, 35, did not comment beyond the photo and two-word caption.

Messages of congratulations have come in on Twitter from Andy Roddick and former world number one Chris Evert, who is now a mother of three.

The only other mothers to win slam tennis titles in the Open era are Court's compatriot Evonne Goolagong and Belgian Kim Clijsters, who were both in their mid-20s.

The news that Serena Williams won the Australian Open final while eight weeks pregnant has sent the world into a frenzy. James Pivarnik, a kinesiology professor at Michigan State University, said her muscular build could overcome some of the changes that usually impair performance.

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. She has announced that she will return to the tour this summer. She is the oldest ever women's No1 and the oldest to win a Major in the Open era.

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.

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