Sport: Serena Williams appears to confirm pregnancy

Date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 17:00

World number two Serena Williams has appeared to announce on social media that she is pregnant.

The 35-year-old posted a picture of herself on Snapchat posing in a mirror with the message: "20 weeks" before deleting the post.

If confirmed, the American, who won a record 23rd Grand Slam in Australia this January, will miss most of the remaining tennis season.

This includes three Grand Slams - the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA Special Ranking Rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.

US Open Tennis responded to Williams' message by saying: "@serenawilliams will have a new pride & joy to hug and call her own soon! Congratulations on the exciting baby announcement!"

SOURCE: www.bbc.com

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