Serena Williams Is Pregnant, Due In The Fall

Serena Williams in a 2013 U.S. Open file

Tennis star and world number two player Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child and expecting the baby this autumn, her spokesperson has confirmed.

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.

The announcement was the latest surprise from Williams, who unexpectedly announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, a businessman and the co-founder of Reddit, in December. Court took another year's sabbatical for the birth of her second child and returned to reach two quarters and a semi at Grand Slam level. Also, if she will come back within 12 months from the birth, Serena will be able to retain her ranking thanks to this WTA Special rule. This means that Serena was roughly 8 weeks pregnant at the time she won the trophy!

She has not played since the Australian Open, citing a knee injury. "It'll depend on her", Court said.

Now rumoured to be about 20 weeks - about halfway through a normal pregnancy - she will regain her place as world No 1 next week.

The American is likely to spend an entire grand-slam cycle - if not longer - away from the court, so Omnisport's Matthew Scott looks at who is best-placed to fill her mighty shoes as top dog.

"She'll enjoy the journey of motherhood, and a little piece of her will be thinking about making a return".

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The tennis star has announced that she is FIVE months pregnant with their first baby.

If would, then, be no surprise if Williams opted into the tour again in a year's time, nor a surprise if she went on to win that record-equalling No24. Another former No. 1 and major champion, Victoria Azarenka, has announced she'll be getting back on tour soon after having a baby.

Here at Now we're sending HUGE congratulations to Serena and Alexis on this lovely news.

That situates her a world away from the comeback that, in the age of social media and multi-million dollar celebrity endorsements, would await Williams as a playing mother.

Researchers who study pregnancy in high-performing athletes said her training during pregnancy, the speed of her body's recovery after giving birth and her will power are the keys to Williams returning to top-level play.

Kerber fell at the first hurdle at the Madrid and Rome Masters in 2016, as well as the French Open - leaving a glut of rankings points up for grabs if she can get her game together on clay this year.

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