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Serena Williams reveals she’s pregnant with first child

Tennis great Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year. Her spokesperson confirmed the news on April 19, hours after Serena hinted at the news in a Snapchat post.
Serena Williams reveals she's pregnant with first child
Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams Pregnant
"I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall," Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement emailed to AFP. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams Photoshoot
While Williams won't play again this year, "she looks forward to returning in 2018," Bush Novak said. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams' Snapchat post
Serena Williams' Snapchat post, quickly highlighted in US media, showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed an apparent baby bump. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams bikini photos
But the Snapchat post was quickly taken down by Serena, lending an air of mystery to its meaning. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Pictures of Serena Williams
"The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she's 20 weeks pregnant! Congratulations Serena!" the US Tennis Association, organisers of the US Open which Williams has won six times tweeted, using the acronym for "Greatest Of All Time". (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams Wimbledon photos
But the Women's Tennis Association deleted a congratulatory tweet to Serena and acknowledged in a statement they had no confirmation of the news. (AFP)

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian photos
It was hours before they could tweet: "It's official! @SerenaWilliams and @AlexisOhanian are expecting a baby this fall." (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Pictures of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Seerena announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site in December 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams' Grand Slam titles
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 -- where she beat her elder sister Venus in the final. 

Serena Williams hot photos
For fans the announcement underscored Williams' superwoman status. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams' Instagram Photos
Williams hasn't played since her Australian Open triumph, which saw her surpass Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Margaret Court and Serena Williams Photo
Only Australian Margaret Court has won more, capturing 24. The last of those came in 1973 -- the year after Court gave birth to a son. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) (Reuters)

Serena Williams pics
Williams cited a knee injury in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams hot pictures
Serena's inactivity saw her drop to second in the world rankings. But she is set to regain the top spot from Germany's Angelique Kerber on Monday when the latest standings are published. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Hot Photos of Serena Williams
Serena Williams wouldn't be the first top women's player to return to competition after having a baby, but she would be the oldest. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Kim Clijsters with her baby
Belgium's Kim Clijsters came out of retirement at the age of 26 after having a child and won three Grand Slam titles. (Reuters)

Victoria Azarenka photos
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, won the Indian Wells and Miami titles in March of last year before missing the rest of the season as she awaited the birth of her first child in December. (Reuters)

Victoria Azarenka photos
Since the birth of son Leo, Azarenka has returned to training and plans to return to competition at the WTA tournament in Stanford, California, in July. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) (Reuters)

Serena Williams hot pics
But Serena has proved herself capable of returning to top form after long absences from competition. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams red bikini
Serena Williams was sidelined for almost 12 months after her 2010 Wimbledon victory, returning from a potentially life threatening pulmonary embolism. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serana Williams' hot photo shoot
Over the past year Serana Williams' schedule has included few tournaments outside the Grand Slams. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena Williams sexy photos
Serena Williams appearance at the Australian Open tuneup event in Auckland, New Zealand, marked her first tournament since a semi-final exit at Flushing Meadows last September. (Photo Courtesy: Instagram) 

Serena engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian!
Earlier, Tennis superstar Serena Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, breaking the news with a poem. According to reports, both of them have been dating since 2015. (Pic Courtesy: Instagram) Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian also announced the engagement on his Facebook page, linking to Williams' Reddit post and adding, "She said yes."
Serena engaged to Reddit co-founder!
The tennis great announced her engagement to Ohanian

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