Serena to miss rest of 2017 season after announcing pregnancy

Tennis player Serena Williams offered up a side profile shot of herself in a yellow swimsuit with a caption that read "20 weeks" on Snapchat. The tennis star has announced that she is FIVE months pregnant with their first baby.

She had announced in late December that she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Most marvelled at the idea that the 23-time Grand Slam victor was pregnant in January's Australian Open, when she won yet another title.

Five-times Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova, who returns to competition next week after a 15-month doping ban, could also benefit if she rediscovers her top form.

Williams has not yet revealed a date for the big day, but The Sun has previously reported how Prince Harry could well be a guest due to his partner Meghan Markle being close friends with Serena. She ended the sweet poem by adding: "Down on one knee, he said 4 words..."

"The women's game needs the wow factor those sort of players bring". If the best advice available is to carry on doing what you were already doing physically, then Serena did just that by playing and winning.

Her inactivity has allowed Germany's Angelique Kerber to take the No. 1 ranking.

If Williams is pregnant, the timing would be a bit of a surprise.

Starting at about six months of pregnancy, a woman's balance shifts. Any return would not be until well past her 36th birthday, which is bound to raise the question about whether a truly great career is at an end. I ask myself, how can they want to raise children who don't look like them?

"I don't think they should ever forget that".

There is no one universal rule for physical activity during pregnancy.

"You can be super fit and super healthy and still have a horrendous pregnancy", says McHale. Some women are capable of doing anything while pregnant.

Serena is now the second tennis player to take a break from the sport in recent times after Victoria Azarenka made a decision to take one in June as she gave birth to her son Leo in December and is planning to return to the tennis court later this year. From Sonia O'Sullivan to British athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, many top athletes seamlessly rejoin the physical fray after childbirth.

Williams would appear to be out for the rest of this tennis season, a blow to a sport in which she is an unqualified star - and, of course, something that makes major titles easier to come by for other competitors. Most notably, the American's former rival, Kim Clijsters went on to win three Grand Slam singles titles at the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and the Australian Open in 2011 after giving birth to her daughter Jada in 2008.

Rasheed says the record 23-time grand slam victor is a "Rolls Royce" and a "unique tennis athlete".



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