Comedian Trevor Noah joked Williams had an unfair advantage in the match against Venus; she was actually playing "doubles" tennis while her sister was playing "singles". "Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant, which means she won the Australian Open during pregnancy and didn't drop a single set", one Instagram user wrote.
Serena Williams intends to return to tennis in 2018 after her pregnancy was confirmed late on Wednesday night. Her return has caused a few top players to murmur. Williams surprised fans with the news on social media.
British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was 28 when she won gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships nine months after returning to training following the birth of her son, Reggie.
Meanwhile, Williams' spokeswoman Kelly Bush Novak also confirmed her pregnancy in a statement published by The New York Times.
She still displays the titanic will that's revealed itself in many well-known examples (screaming at a US Open lineswoman over a shockingly timed foot fault call in the 2009 semis) and not-so-famous stories. Former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, won the Indian Wells and Miami titles in March of previous year before missing the rest of the season as she awaited the birth of her first child in December.
Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed nearly a full year due to a pulmonary embolism. Austin asked. "We've seen a lot of great great champions come back after having a child and it really comes down to her motivation".
Williams, who became engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in December, posted a picture on Snapchat showing off her baby bump only to hastily delete it. "The first two months". She's already the best tennis player ever. At the 2016 US Open, even her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, decried her form in her finals loss to Angelique Kerber, saying Williams had a down year.
Commentators on the Tennis Channel on Wednesday, including former star Tracy Austin, noted that other mothers have come back into the sport. Pivarnik said that Serena Williams' size may be an advantage.