After a day of speculation, it is confirmed that the 35-year-old, Serena Williams is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit, with whom she got engaged in December, last year. Williams, who will become the number 1 in the upcoming week, has not been in action since she won the Australian Open early this year.
She posted a picture of herself on her Snapchat page, with a caption “20 weeks”, which rose speculations, as she deleted the post soon after. It was only confirmed when her spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, informed in a telephonic interview, that Serena will be back in the 2018 season, and the news was clear.
This evidently meant she was about 6 weeks pregnant when she began playing at the Australian Open, where she was a finalist in 2016, and went on to become the unbeatable champion, without dropping a set. She has yet again proved to be the best and the strongest player of her era. As she won in Melbourne, she tied-up with Steffi Graf’s record of 22 singles Grand Slams. She is behind only Margaret Smith Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams. She won 3 Grand Slams in 1973, after her son was born in 1972.
It has been an extraordinary stretch for the WTA, with major player giving the season a miss due to some joyous or disdained reasons. While Maria Sharapova is set to make a comeback at Stuttgart after her suspension of 15 months, Petra Kvitová is expected to be back and playing the Roland Garros, in June this year. Also, the newly crowned “mommy”, Victoria Azarenka will make a comeback at the US Open this year.
Serena can be the fourth woman in the history of tennis, after Margaret Smith Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Kim Clijsters to win a Grand Slam after becoming a mother, only if Victoria Azarenka fails to win the US Open on her return. If the Belarussian 2-time Grand Slam champion becomes a champion in NYC, Serena Williams will stand a chance to be the fifth one on the list.