TENNIS CHAMP Serena Williams is no stranger to making headlines on the court, but she rocked social media yesterday after announcing she is “20 weeks” pregnant with her first child.
The confirmation came hours after Williams, due to regain to the No. 1 world ranking next week, set off a day of frenzied speculation with a short-lived selfie posted on social media – posing for a photo in a yellow one-piece swimsuit on Snapchat with the caption: “20 weeks.”
She deleted the photo shortly after it appeared and waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.
“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,” Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said.
That would mean she was approximately two months pregnant when she captured her record 23rd Grand Slam tournament title at the Australian Open in January.
Her victory over older sister Venus Williams broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles championships in the sport’s modern era.
Serena Williams has not played since, citing a knee injury.
“Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in,” wrote Twitter user @noelleharmony on the social media site.
“Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever,” Travon Free added.
Serena, the world’s highest paid female athlete, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.