Serena Williams appeared to announce on social media on Wednesday that she is pregnant.
A photograph on Williams’s Snapchat story confirmed her posing in a mirror and the phrases “20 weeks.” There was no official affirmation by her representatives.
The picture was later faraway from her story. Congratulations had begun to pour in from fellow gamers and tennis organizations on social media, however the WTA Tour deleted its submit.
Williams, 35, received the Australian Open in January for her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title. If she is 20 weeks pregnant, she would have been pregnant throughout that event.
She has not performed a event since then, withdrawing from occasions in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami final month, citing a knee harm. She is ranked No. 2 on the earth, however will return to No. 1 subsequent week regardless of the absence.
She is on the entry checklist for the Madrid Open, a significant clay-court occasion that begins Could 5.
In December, Williams introduced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Reddit. He’s a co-founder of that web site.
Williams is likely one of the biggest American athletes energetic at the moment, and is the highest-paid feminine athlete on the earth. She received her first Grand Slam singles title at age 17 in 1999, and has spent greater than 300 weeks at No. 1.
Different prime feminine tennis gamers have taken breaks from the sport to have youngsters. Williams’s rival Victoria Azarenka, 27, had a son in December and is anticipated to be again on the tour in July.
Kim Clijsters retired at 23 in 2007 and returned two years later, after the start of her daughter, to win three Grand Slam singles titles.