Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant - and her Snapchat announcement noting that she's "20 weeks" along basically broke the Internet on Wednesday.
Williams' pregnancy was confirmed after a wild day of speculation that began when a photograph was posted on Williams' Snapchat story, perhaps inadvertently, that showed her posing sideways in a yellow bathing suit with what looked like a baby bump.
The 35-year-old Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January _ a little less than 12 weeks ago. A month later, she won the Australian Open - while pregnant!
While former rival Lindsay Davenport and onetime world number one Tracy Austin question her motivation to return after motherhood, Serena should have her chance to join the select group of mom Slam winners, and match Court's all-time mark, sometime in 2018.
It's another love game for Serena Williams: She is pregnant _ and, based on the timeline she offered, she already was when she won the Australian Open. The last of those came in 1973 - the year after Court gave birth to a son. Even more than her older sister, Venus, who is still chugging along at 36, Serena has been able to take long breaks from the tour and come back as good or better than ever. Former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, won the Indian Wells and Miami titles in March of previous year before missing the rest of the season as she awaited the birth of her first child in December.
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Those are emotional words from Thomas, who admitted that " this has been without question the hardest week of my life ". How we need everybody, him included, probably more than anybody. "We're gonna go out and help him out in any way".
Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No.1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total during her career.
She then stunned top-ranked Martina Hingis to capture the 1999 US Open at age 17 for her first Grand Slam title, becoming only the second African-American woman to win a major crown after Althea Gibson.
Meanwhile Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion will be eager to return from injuries sustained at her home in December. The next major tournament is the French Open, which starts on May 28. Another considered her a "legend" for beating out the best players in the world while pregnant.
As a result of this, you can imagine the relief on the following players now that she's "out of the way".