Serena Williams shows off her baby bump on Snapchat


Serena Williams shows off her baby bump on Snapchat

A spokeswoman for Williams, Kelly Bush Novak, wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday: "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall".

On the basis of that timescale it means that Williams won the Australian Open in January - her 23rd grand slam singles title - in the first few weeks of her pregnancy.

Williams has not played since January, citing a knee injury.

In December she announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33, on the social media site Reddit.

TENNIS great Serena Williams is expecting her first child, revealing the news on Wednesday with a teasing Snapchat post captioned "20 weeks".

Williams announced their impending nuptials on Reddit, and Ohanian doubled down on his Facebook page, linking to her Reddit post and adding, "She said yes".

The younger Williams sister is just one Grand Slam short of Margaret Court, who collected many of hers in an era when the difficulties of global travel often diluted the fields.

A congratulatory tweet from the Women's Tennis Association was also deleted. "Let that sink in", Twitter user @noelleharmony posted.

"The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she's 20 weeks pregnant!"

Court played in her last Grand Slam tournament at 33.

With 23 Grand Slam wins, Williams holds the record for the most by a player in the Open Era. Court, an Australian, won the last three of those titles in 1973 after giving birth to a son, Danny, in 1972.

Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, missed most of the 2016 season to have a baby and is expected to return to the tour this summer.

Williams is the oldest woman to win a major singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired. If the answer will be yes, we imagine it will be tough to see her in Melbourne next year after less than four months since the baby's birth.

"That fetus has won a Grand Slam title and I'm living a regular shmegular life".