Serena Williams confirms pregnancy, to take break from tennis

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and tennis star Serena Williams shared a post Easter snap

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and tennis star Serena Williams shared a post Easter snap

Developing story after World number two Serena William;s pregnancy news broke yesterday is that she will not be any competitive game for the rest of the season.

If Williams is 20 weeks pregnant and gives birth after a full term, she would have her child in early September, during the fourth Grand Slam, the US Open in NY.

We're totally thrilled for Serena and Reddit co-founder and her hubby-to-be Alex Ohanian, 33, but what does this mean for her record-breaking tennis career?

Confirming the pregnancy several hours after Williams' Snapchat picture went viral, her spokesperson said: "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall".

However, Twitter was very quick to realize one thing.

At the age of 35, tennis superstar Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant.

Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth. This sentiment was echoed by many others.

He said in a statement: "We're excited for Serena". At an age when most tennis professionals have already retired, Williams still dominates the women's tour.

Celebrities and fans had reacted with a mixture of awe and glee to Williams' Snapchat post prior to the confirmation of her pregnancy. With a little Serena Williams or Alexis Ohanian on the way, the couple is now on the way to building their life together as a family.

With nearly $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, including from Nike Inc and PepsiCo Inc, Williams ranked as the top paid female athlete in the world previous year on a list compiled by Forbes magazine. That made her the first mother to win a major singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980, setting the stage for a final act that included two more grand slam titles and a return to the No1 ranking.

Her sponsorship deals rake in about $20 million and business analysts say her impending motherhood would likely enhance her popularity among corporate sponsors.

Serena Williams just shut down anyone who considers women "the weaker sex". Williams won 6-1, 6-3.

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