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Serena Williams Announces She Is Pregnant

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and now she has announced that the couple is expecting their first child. Williams made the announcement that she is 20 weeks pregnant on her Snapchat account. She deleted the post about her pregnancy several minutes later. Given the timing of her pregnancy, she was already pregnant when she played at the Australian Open. She did not even lose one set during the Grand Slam event.

Williams posted the above photo on her Snapchat account with the caption “20 weeks.” It is unclear why she deleted it but word had already started to spread throughout social media. Later in the day a representative for her issued this statement about the message and the pregnancy, “I am happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall.”

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Williams’ announcement made the internet go crazy

If anyone was still thinking that women are the “weaker sex,” Williams proved them wrong. She has not played any tennis since the Australian Open, where she beat her sister Venus in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. But she has won more Grand Slams than any other player in the “Open Era.”  Winning such a title as the Australian Open while pregnant has to be the first time that has happened. She has racked up 23 Grand Slam wins and is considered to be one of the best athletes ever to play a sport.

Most of the responses on social media were positive. Celebrities and US Open Tennis all sent well wishes and congratulations via social media posts.

It has been said that Williams is taking cues from friend, Beyonce, who also is good at keeping personal information personal. When the announcement of her engagement to Ohanian in December, on Reddit, many followers of the tennis player were surprised. The couple had been keeping that news to themselves for some time.

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