Tennis great Serena Williams’ announcement of her pregnancy on Wednesday has been received with a mixture of shock and excitement by her fans.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner made the announcement on Snapchat with a picture of herself captioned “20 weeks”.
“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall. While Williams won’t play again this year, she looks forward to returning in 2018,” her publicist Kelly Bush Novak, was quoted by AFP while making an official announcement.
Williams’ social media post, which has since been taken down, showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed the baby bump.
The tennis star’s announcement set social media ablaze, with many weighing in on the possibility.
What has come as a shock to many of her fans is the fact that at 20 weeks Serena won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant.
Here are some of the reactions:
Woke up this morning feeling lazy re:the gym.
Then thought if serena can show up for Australian open&win it while pregnant.
I have no excuse
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) April 20, 2017
As if Serena Williams wasn’t amazing enough, she won the Australian Open while 8 weeks pregnant. And I complain about a dynamic yoga class..
— Alison Hennessey (@Alison_Edits) April 20, 2017
Serena: $150m net worth, 23 Grand Slam titles, 4x Olympic Gold Medalist, in a happy relationship & expecting a child
you: broke and bitter https://t.co/kTMkRjC1Ov
— reggie (@1942bs) April 20, 2017
“Serena confirms pregnancy, sparking fears for her career” 😳 WHY is this a bad thing? She’s given so much to tennis. This is fantastic news!
— ~ (@mazeri) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams won the Australian open pregnant and sometimes I get a little winded when I try to just talk and walk at the same time
— SPANISH BARTY💃🏻 (@abarty_intheusa) April 19, 2017
So Serena Williams fiancé Alex Ohanian knew very well what was happening & he was there wordless watching her play the game! Men win🤣doubles
— King BVJ™🇷🇼 (@Bobby_Vjoe) April 20, 2017
Serena williams won the Australian open with a fetus inside her….. and you telling me you couldn’t text back because periods 😒
— OnlyGodCanJudgeMe😎 (@mathew_kaka) April 20, 2017
Going to use “Serena won a slam while being pregnant, what’s your excuse?” whenever people say they don’t have time for a workout. #Kween
— Post Woke Hydrator (@Brewkenstein) April 20, 2017