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”.
There's gonna be a baby GOAT ..... We are so happy, and we know @serenawilliams will be a great mother— andyroddick (@andyroddick) April 20, 2017
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
So Serena cheated. Because that's technically a doubles match.🙌🏽 https://t.co/gkyBYlcHtQ— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams is pregnant!! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/u2RfhSzlcB— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) 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
. @serenawilliams is the GOAT! Winning her 23rd grand slam pregnant??? Bye to any man who has anything to say about anything ever!! 👋🏼👋🏼— Summer Rae (@RealSummerWWE) April 20, 2017
Serena Williams won the Grand slam while pregnant, meanwhile you can't even stand after drinking two sachets of Water pic.twitter.com/ugxvy0G7bf— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) April 19, 2017
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