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Serena Williams planning 2018 return after confirming pregnancy

Clarence Duncan | 22 April, 2017, 01:07

Williams, who got engaged to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian late previous year, has nothing left to prove on the court, and considering she's older than both Clijsters and Azarenka were when they took their respective breaks from tennis, no one would blame her if she chose to leave tennis for good. Considering how obsessed we are with celebrities, the announcement has of course launched oceans of discussions in traditional news and on social media, with many people taking to Twitter to say that it's now clear that Serena Williams truly is the greatest, since no one to our knowledge has won a Grand Slam while pregnant.

Serena hinted on Wednesday that she's expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned "20 weeks".

The younger Williams sister is just one Grand Slam short of Margaret Court, who collected many of hers in an era when the difficulties of worldwide travel often diluted the fields.

She was scheduled to return next month in Madrid ahead of the French Open starting on May 28.

"I'm elated for her; I've seen her with our son, and she will be a great mother", said Andy Roddick, a former men's world No. 1 who is a good friend of Williams and has known her since childhood.

She had announced in late December that she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

She remains tantalizingly close to the all-time grand slam record held by Australia's Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.

Williams would not be the first player to leave the game for pregnancy and enjoy roaring success upon her return, with Belgian star Kim Clijsters winning the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011 following the birth of her daughter in 2008.

She withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open last month citing a knee injury. Quickly, the global news agencies analyzed that she'd have been 8 weeks into pregnancy while winning her 23rd grand slam in January this year - and that's the thing and passion about sport. Bleacher Report said since the win, Williams was noticeably absent from World Tennis Association events, which seems to back up the rumors that she is indeed pregnant.

The Williams camp has announced that she will not be retiring despite having accomplished essentially everything (she'll even briefly return to World No. 1 on Monday).

"I have not been able to train", she said in a statement before Indian Wells. "I know it's for different reasons, but look how he's come back at age 35", Pam Shriver, a former leading player in tennis and analyst told New York Times.


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