Serena Williams is expecting a baby and will not play again this year but aims to return to the women’s tour in 2018. The 35-year-old posted a picture of herself captioned ‘20 weeks’ and her publicist Kelly Bush Novak made an official announcement.
‘I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,’ the publicist said in a statement to AFP.
While Williams won’t play again this year, ‘she looks forward to returning in 2018,’ Bush Novak said.
Williams’ social media post showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed the baby bump.
But the post was quickly taken down, lending an air of mystery to its meaning.
‘The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she’s 20 weeks pregnant! Congratulations Serena!’ the US Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open -- which Williams has won six times -- tweeted, using the acronym for ‘Greatest Of All Time.’
The Women’s Tennis Association deleted one congratulatory tweet because they did not have confirmation of but later said: ‘It’s official! @SerenaWilliams and @AlexisOhanian are expecting a baby this fall.’ In December, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
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.
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