A shortly lived snapchat image of tennis pro Serena Williams on Wednesday has sparked talk that she is pregnant.
The photo on Williams’s Snapchat story showed her standing in front of a mirror posing with the words “20 weeks.”
There has since been no official confirmation by her representatives, but come on, look at that proud belly pose!
Shortly after she removed from her Snapchat story, however, congratulations had already begun to flow from around the globe across social media including fellow tennis players and organisations. Since then however, the WTA since deleted their post.
In January 2017, Serena Williams, 35, won the Australian Open, her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title!
Doing the numbers, if she was to be 20 weeks pregnant she would have been pregnant during that tournament.
She has however not played since, withdrawing from events in California and Miami last month, citing an injured knee.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest American athletes active of our day, and is the highest-paid female athlete in the world. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at age 17 in 1999, and has spent more than 300 weeks at No. 1.
Ranked No 2 in the world, she will will return to No. 1 next week despite not having played. She is, however, on the registration entry list for the Madrid Open, on May 5 so watch this space!
Other top female tennis players have taken a break from the game to have a family. Serena Williams’s rival Victoria Azarenka, 27, had a son in December and is expected to be back on the tour in July.
Kim Clijsters retired at 23 in 2007 and returned two years later, after the birth of her daughter, to win three Grand Slam singles titles.