Serena Williams on Wednesday announced that she is pregnant and taking maternity leave through the rest of 2017. The tennis superstar posted a photo on Snapchat with the caption “20 weeks”, which she later deleted. However, the 35-year-old’s spokeswoman confirmed the news and said that she is expected to give birth this fall.
Williams is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired.
Fans and celebrities reacted with a mixture of awe and glee to Williams' Snapchat post.
“There’s gonna be a baby GOAT,” tweeted Andy Roddick referring to the acronym for "Greatest of All Time”.
Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant, which means she won the Australian Open while being pregnant and didn't drop a single set. The GOAT.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams announces pregnancy on Maria Sharapova's birthday and will return to world number one on Monday.— José Morgado (@josemorgado) April 19, 2017
Gosh I love tennis
Serena Williams won a Grand Slam while pregnant. So she deserves more money than Federer because he can't do that.— Imogen Dunlevie (@ImogenDunlevie) April 19, 2017