Serena Williams is expecting her first child with fiancé, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian and the internet has exploded. The tennis superstar hinted at her pregnancy by posting a side profile picture of her on her personal snapchat account captioning it “20 weeks”, but she quickly took the post down, giving rise to widespread speculation. Her spokesperson then confirmed the news several hours later with the statement, “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall”.
Have a look at the screenshot of Serena’s snapchat post :
While the pregnancy news is wonderful all by itself, what is blowing people’s mind is the fact that she was roughly eight weeks into her pregnancy when she won the Australian Open in January this year, beating her sister Venus Williams. This further proves her status as one of the greatest athletes of all time and the best female tennis player of the Open Era.
The 35 year old, surprised her fans when she announced her engagement to Ohanian, via a poem on Reddit, last December as they had managed to keep their relationship under wraps until then and away from the spotlight.
People on the internet, fans and celebrities included, were awestruck and delighted in equal measures. Here are some of the posts :
A baby and a wedding? A VERY special year ahead for @serenawilliams So happy for her new journey…
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) April 19, 2017
So Serena cheated. Because that's technically a doubles match.🙌🏽 https://t.co/gkyBYlcHtQ
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 19, 2017
. @serenawilliams is the GOAT! Winning her 23rd grand slam pregnant??? Bye to any man who has anything to say about anything ever!! 👋🏼👋🏼
— Summer Rae (@DanielleMoinet) April 20, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won the Australia Open in Jan. but I cant even get out of bed when I'm on my period. Sis is superwoman
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams early pregnancy v. Me at 14 minutes pregnant pic.twitter.com/UCR5MMcZdW
— Melanie Dione (@beauty_jackson) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams really won a title while pregnant..that baby already won something in life before me
— Hamoudi ツ (@14moodyz) April 20, 2017
Serena Williams won the Grand slam while pregnant so tell me more about women being the weaker vessel. pic.twitter.com/WLJOHbuq5L
— Prop (@prophiphop) April 19, 2017
Including some desi funny ones
So what if Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant? Preity Zinta attended college in Kya Kehna. Now THAT'S empowering
— Anurag Verma (@kitAnurag) April 20, 2017
Her spokesperson also confirmed that Serena intended to sit out of the remainder of the 2017 season and return next year. In March, she withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California and the Miami Open, citing a knee injury.