|Published : 20 Apr 2017, 19:01:05 | Updated : 20 Apr 2017, 19:05:01|
Serena won AO while pregnant, expects child this Fall
Serena Williams, on Thursday, revealed that she won the Australian Open this year while pregnant.
Williams revealed she is 20 weeks pregnant with a post on Snapchat that was later confirmed by her management.
It means Williams was around eight weeks pregnant during the Melbourne Park event when she won seven straight matches, including a straight-sets win over sister Venus in the women’s final.
The announcement cast her win in a new light for some sports theorists who say Williams’ performance during the year’s first grand slam was boosted by her pregnancy.
“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall,” Williams’ Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement.
While Williams won’t play again this year, “she looks forward to returning in 2018,” Bush Novak said.
Williams’ Snapchat post, quickly highlighted in US media, showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed an apparent baby bump.
But the post was quickly taken down, lending an air of mystery to its meaning.
In December, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site.