Williams, 35, is already known around the world for her dominance of women's tennis, but pregnancy would make her even more likeable in the eyes of the wider public, experts in the sponsorship industry said. She will sit out the remainder of the 2017 season and return next year, according to Reuters.
Williams turns 36 in September this year, on the older side for a top level professional player.
Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post.
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Her return to the number one spot at the time came four months after her record-equalling 186 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings came to an end in September 2016.
Williams hasn't played since her Australian Open triumph, which saw her surpass Steffi Graf for the Grandest Slam singles titles in the Open Era.
This will be the first child for both Serena and Alexis. This is wonderful news and we wish her the very best. Or she could look at her time away as an opportunity, the same way Roger Federer approached his break last year, and view it as a chance to rejuvenate her body and mind after so many years on tour.
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Serena Williams had announced on December past year that she is engaged with Billionaire businessman and co-founder of Reddit - Alexis Ohanian. Another former No. 1 and major champion, Victoria Azarenka, has announced she'll be getting back on tour soon after having a baby. Court, an Australian, won the last three of those titles in 1973 after giving birth to a son, Danny, in 1972. But lower prize money in tennis left her 40th in the overall standings. "The first two months". Maria Sharapova will return to competition on Wednesday in Germany after a 15-month suspension for a doping violation. "I hope she's going to come back and play again because I'll miss her to death".
Williams did not lose a set as she swept to her seventh singles title at the Australian Open, defeating her older sister Venus Williams in the final.
Her run ended with a loss to Justine Henin in the French Open semi-finals, but she rebounded to win Wimbledon before undergoing quadriceps surgery to miss the US Open.
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