Tennis star Serena Williams is expecting her first child sometime this fall.
Speculation about her pregnancy began earlier Wednesday when Williams posted a picture of herself on Snapchat. She was wearing a one-piece bathing suit with a caption reading “20 weeks.” The photo was later deleted.
Williams’ spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, ended any doubts by announcing, “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall.”
For those doing the math, yes, 20 weeks along means that Williams was already 9 weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open women’s singles championship in January!
It was also announced Serena is on maternity leave and will resume her tennis career next year.
Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
With all her tennis winnings, she is the highest paid female athlete in the world, and her sponsorship deals rake in about $20 million.
Business analysts say her impending motherhood would likely enhance her popularity among corporate sponsors.