Williams to miss rest of season after announcing pregnancy

Ross Houston
April 21, 2017

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is expecting her first child with fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian! Quickly, the global news agencies analyzed that she'd have been 8 weeks into pregnancy while winning her 23rd grand slam in January this year - and that's the thing and passion about sport.

In March, she withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, and the Miami Open citing a knee injury.

As much as I could pontificate about Williams's achievements as a supreme athlete, role model and lovely woman of colour all day, I just want to thank her for reminding us how awesome women's bodies can be - particularly in an era when we are constantly peppered with examples of how they aren't good enough, how we should alter them or how they should look.

Her only other tournament this year was in Auckland, New Zealand, where she lost in the round of 16.

The Belarusian has confirmed that her return will be after Wimbledon in July at the American hardcourt event at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

The news that Serena Williams won the Australian Open final while eight weeks pregnant has sent the world into a frenzy.

Tennis' next major tournament is the French Open, which starts May 28.

The victory during her first trimester returned her to world No 1 and she also became the oldest grand slam victor in the open era.

He said in a statement: "We're excited for Serena".

Grand Slam singles title number 24 will have to wait for Williams, and whilst her absent to the tour will be a huge loss, it will create big opportunities for some tennis players to get their hands on the three of the last four remaining Grand Slam titles available.

While Williams won't play again this year, "she looks forward to returning in 2018", Bush Novak said. The WTA tour has been unpredictable this year but it will be interesting to see, who will be able to step up and win Grand Slam titles in Williams' absence.

Maria Sharapova is coming back next week from a 15-month doping suspension while Victoria Azarenka is due to return this summer after having a child of her own. She broke a tie with Steffi Graf after winning the Australian Open.

Williams is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired.

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