Pregnant Serena to miss 3 Grand Slams

Calvin Saunders
April 22, 2017

Serena Williams announced Wednesday that she is pregnant and due this fall.

Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks". A spokesperson later confirmed that she is pregnant.

Williams, 35, has not played a match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open on Jan 28, when she was already close to two months pregnant.

In December, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

"You never know how someone will react to something like this", said ESPN analyst Pam Shriver, who had her three children after she retired from tennis.

There is recent precedent for tennis players to return to action after becoming a mother.

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Her inactivity saw her drop to second in the world rankings.

In other tennis news, Russian Maria Sharapova starts her comeback next week after a 15-month suspension. The last of those came in 1973 - the year after Court gave birth to a son.

Williams began the first "Serena Slam" in 2002 with wins at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open and finished the feat at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating Venus in all four finals to join Court, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Maureen Connolly as the only women to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously. Her appearance at the Australian Open tuneup event in Auckland, New Zealand, marked her first tournament since a semi-final exit at Flushing Meadows last September.

He said in a statement: "We're excited for Serena. The first two months". But lower prize money in tennis left her 40th in the overall standings.

"We'll look forward to seeing her when she's back competing again". This may also explain why Williams has not played in a match since winning the Australian Open on January 28.

Her break is now one less obstacle to think about for other tennis stars including her sister, Venus, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Eugenie Bouchard, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Johanna Konta and more as they prepare for the upcoming grand slam and other WTA tournaments. But she is set to regain the top spot from Germany's Angelique Kerber on Monday when the latest standings are published.

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