Serena Williams Puts Pregnancy Speculation to Rest

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The sports world got what it thought was major news on Wednesday when Serena Williams posted what appeared to be a nice little baby bump to Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks", insinuating she was almost five months pregnant. She'll return to No. 1 on Monday, and despite the odds being stacked against her, a 24th Grand Slam doesn't need to be counted out just yet.

On Wednesday morning, the tennis superstar posted a side-shot selfie of herself on Snapchat with the caption '20 weeks'.

The post was quickly deleted - yet captured before taken down. A photograph on her Snapchat story showed Williams posing sideways in a yellow bathing suit with a protruding stomach.

Awestruck tennis fans are backing Serena Williams to overhaul Margaret Court's all-time grand slam title haul in motherhood after stunning revelations that she won the Australian Open while pregnant.

The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist (she has also won three Gold medals in doubles with Venus) has won the Miami Open eight times - most recently in 2015.

It was hours before they could tweet: "It's official! @SerenaWilliams and @AlexisOhanian are expecting a baby this fall".

Williams and Alexis Ohanian, an American businessman and a co-founder of Reddit, announced their engagement in late December.

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For fans the announcement underscored Williams' superwoman status.

By winning in Australia, Williams broke her tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

A pregnancy would likely end the 2017 season for Williams, who has not played since her Australian Open win, citing a knee injury. She then left the game again to give birth to her second child in 1974.

Williams wouldn't be the first top women's player to return to competition after having a baby, but she would be the oldest.

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

Court played in her last Grand Slam tournament at 33.

The next major tournament is the French Open, which starts on May 28.

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