Serena Williams appears to hint at pregnancy with '20 weeks' message

Ross Houston
April 30, 2017

Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks".

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

Williams and Alexis Ohanian, an American businessman and a co-founder of Reddit, announced their engagement in late December.

Researchers who study pregnancy in high-performing athletes said her training during pregnancy, the speed of her body's recovery after giving birth and her will power are the keys to Williams returning to top-level play. No one could think less of Williams, now closer to 40 than 30, if she called it a career. Another former world number 1 and major champion, Victoria Azarenka is also angling for a return to the game, after becoming a mother a year ago.

It's another love game for Serena Williams: She is pregnant — and, based on the timeline she offered, she already was when she won the Australian Open.

She remains tantalizingly close to the all-time grand slam record held by Australia's Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.

At the time she blamed the withdrawal, which meant she lost her number one world ranking to Angelique Kerber, on a knee injury. This is wonderful news and we wish her the very best.

"She's such a great champion and I'm sure she'll come back with a vengeance".

"We have not been informed, nor do we have confirmation".

Predicting how long it will take Williams to recover from a pregnancy depends on several factors, including whether she had an easy or complicated vaginal or Cesarean delivery, whether she breastfeeds and whether her baby sleeps through the night or keeps her up for feedings every few hours.

Williams claimed her first Slam - the US Open - 18 years ago. Kim Clijsters of Belgium retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three Grand Slam titles as a mother. She'll finish the season 8-1 over two tournaments, with a second round loss amid blustering winds to Madison Brengle in Auckland preceding her triumph in Melbourne.

Venus Williams, 36, has won seven Grand Slam singles titles.

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