(FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 2016 shows Serena Williams of the US reacting after winning a point against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Tennis great Serena Williams hinted April 19, 2017 that she's expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned

This file photograph taken on September eight, 2016, reveals Serena Williams of the US reacting after profitable some extent in opposition to Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic throughout their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles semifinal match. Serena’s publicist Kelly Bush Novak has confirmed that the tennis famous person is expecting a baby. AFP FILE

LOS ANGELES, United States — Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, hours after the tennis nice hinted on the information in a Snapchat post.

“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall,” Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak mentioned in an announcement emailed to AFP.

While Williams gained’t play once more this year, “she looks forward to returning in 2018,” Bush Novak mentioned.

Williams’ Snapchat post, shortly highlighted in US media, confirmed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that exposed an obvious baby bump.

But the post was shortly taken down, lending an charisma to its which means.

“The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she’s 20 weeks pregnant! Congratulations Serena!” the US Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open which Williams has gained six occasions tweeted, utilizing the acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”.

But the Women’s Tennis Association deleted a congratulatory tweet and acknowledged in an announcement that they had not had affirmation of the information.

It was hours earlier than they may tweet: “It’s official! @SerenaWilliams and @AlexisOhanian are expecting a baby this fall.”

In December, Williams introduced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that information on the Reddit social media web site.

If Williams is 20 weeks into her being pregnant, meaning she was already expecting when she gained her record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title on the Australian Open in January — the place she beat her elder sister Venus within the ultimate.

For followers the announcement underscored Williams’ superwoman standing.

Williams hasn’t performed since her Australian Open triumph, which noticed her surpass Steffi Graf for probably the most Grand Slam singles titles within the Open Era.

Only Australian Margaret Court has gained extra, capturing 24. The final of these got here in 1973 — the year after Court gave beginning to a son.

Williams cited a knee damage in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March.

Her inactivity noticed her drop to second on the planet rankings. But she is about to regain the highest spot from Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Monday when the newest standings are revealed.

Comeback credentials

Williams wouldn’t be the primary high girls’s participant to return to competitors after having a baby, however she can be the oldest.

Belgium’s Kim Clijsters got here out of retirement on the age of 26 after having a toddler and gained three Grand Slam titles.

Former world primary Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, gained the Indian Wells and Miami titles in March of final year earlier than missing the remainder of the season as she awaited the beginning of her first youngster in December.

Since the beginning of son Leo, Azarenka has returned to coaching and plans to return to competitors on the WTA event in Stanford, California, in July.

But Williams has proved herself able to returning to high kind after lengthy absences from competitors.

She was sidelined for nearly 12 months after her 2010 Wimbledon victory, coming back from a probably life threatening pulmonary embolism.

Over the previous year Williams’ schedule has included few tournaments outdoors the Grand Slams.

Her look on the Australian Open tuneup occasion in Auckland, New Zealand, marked her first event since a semi-final exit at Flushing Meadows final September. CBB

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