Williams to miss rest of season after announcing pregnancy

However hours later, Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak confirmed to Reuters that the tennis superstar was pregnant. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion caused speculation on Social Media via Snapchat, with a Snapchat selfie of herself with the caption simply reading "20 weeks". The 35-year-old tennis star posted the engagement on Reddit with a sweet poem and cartoon.

The Williams camp has announced that she will not be retiring despite having accomplished essentially everything (she'll even briefly return to World No. 1 on Monday). Serena Williams broke her tie with Steffi Graf after winning the Australian Open for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. Kim Clijsters retired from tennis to start a family and then came back to win the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011. 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.

Williams claimed her first Slam - the US Open - 18 years ago.

Lest we forget, the German is world number one as Williams begins her sabbatical.

Now that we know for sure that she's pregnant (congrats!) let's properly appreciate a fact: Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open, her record-breaking 23rd major, without dropping a single set, while nine fucking weeks pregnant.

She got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at the end of a year ago.

Serena Williams has announced that she is pregnant, and while that is a wonderful development for her it will also have seismic impact on women's tennis.

While pregnancy may spell the end of Williams' season, it doesn't mean she won't be back on court. Serena's knee injury in March caused her withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Her fans are speculating that her pregnancy is due near to the Beyonce'.

Williams, who will return to the No. 1 ranking in the world next week, deleted the photo shortly after it appeared.

Rasheed says the record 23-time grand slam victor is a "Rolls Royce" and a "unique tennis athlete".

The tennis star has not officially given a statement yet if she will play in the Madrid Open next month.

  • Angelo Rivera