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Serena Williams Won the 2017 Australian Open While Eight Weeks Pregnant

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© Associated Press Serena Williams is pregnant and will miss the remainder of the tennis season, spokespeople close to the player confirmed on Wednesday evening.

Williams, 35, whose partner is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, announced the news on Snapchat on Wednesday—taking a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit with the caption 20 weeks. She deleted the snap shortly after.

Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ spokesperson, told the Associated Press : "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall."

Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. A spokeswoman for Williams says the tennis star is pregnant. Kelly Bush Novak wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, April 19, 2017: "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall." Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks." © Associated Press Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. A spokeswoman for Williams says the tennis star is pregnant. Kelly Bush Novak wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, April 19, 2017: "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall." Earlier in the day, Williams posted a photo of herself on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks." A spokeswoman for Williams then told Reuters that the 23-times Grand Slam singles winner would not play again in 2017. When the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings are updated next week, Williams will overtake Germany’s Angelique Kerber to climb back to number one in the world.

Williams beat sister Venus in the final of the 2017 Australian Open on January 28 in Melbourne, Australia, to set the open-era record for Grand Slam singles titles.

The timing would suggest she was around eight weeks pregnant for the final.

Related: Serena Williams Announces Pregnancy (by Wochit News)

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