Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms her pregnancy

Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms her pregnancy

Her representatives have confirmed that she will not feature in any more tournaments this year and is planning a return in 2018.

Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also won Grand Slam titles after having children.

Serena Williams on Wednesday confirmed her pregnancy through spokeswoman Kelly Bush Novak after the tennis player posted a picture of herself in a yellow bathing suit on Snapchat social media with the caption "20 weeks". So it will be no surprise if her announcement Wednesday that she is expecting her first child in early fall has left Williams poised to add another epic chapter to her career.

Clijsters become the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Australia's Evonne Goolagong in 1980 at Wimbledon.

Serena beat her older sister in two sets to win the Australian Open.

As a result, she regained top spot on the women's world ranking from Angelique Kerber who crashed out in the round of 16 to Coco Vandeweghe. On the photo she wrote "20 weeks".

The pregnancy will see her miss the French Open beginning May 22.

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Azarenka, a good friend of Williams, told fedcup.com: "I'm really, really happy for her. If you are a tennis player, it's a problem", Young said.

"I think if Serena wants to come back after having a baby, I think she's proven at this point that age is not a big factor for her", said Pam Shriver, an analyst and a former leading player.

Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed nearly a full year due to a pulmonary embolism.

The Russian's suspension was cut short to 15 months and she's expected back on the tour on April 26, few months before her ban was expected to expire.

Williams plans to return to the tour in 2018.

Another top player returning to the WTA tour, though not from a ban, is former number one player and two-time grand slam victor, Victoria Azarenka. Court, an Australian, won the last three of those titles in 1973 after giving birth to a son, Danny, in 1972. But Radcliffe, who spent 27 hours in labor, battled injuries and now says she wouldn't recommend returning so soon.

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