Pregnancy changes could sideline Serena Williams from Wimbledon

Posted April 22, 2017

The 23-time Grand Slam victor announced her pregnancy Wednesday in a now-deleted Snapchat that showed off her baby bump and stated she was 20 weeks pregnant.

"The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she's 20 weeks pregnant!"

In December, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams could add to her earnings by appealing to new audiences, the experts said. The image, which appeared to be taken in a mirror, was captioned "20 weeks" and later deleted. Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is still recovering from injuries she suffered in a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December.

Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No.1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total during her career. She won the NY marathon in November 2007 six weeks before turning 34 and 10 months after having a child. 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. "If you are a tennis player, it's a problem", Young said.

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Her break is now one less obstacle to think about for other tennis stars including her sister, Venus, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Eugenie Bouchard, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Johanna Konta and more as they prepare for the upcoming grand slam and other WTA tournaments.

In other tennis news, Russian Maria Sharapova starts her comeback next week after a 15-month suspension.

Now look: Williams will have been out of action 16 months, dating back to her January 27 final at the 2016 Australian, if she gives birth by early September and hustles back in time to play the 2018 French Open next May. Only one woman has won more: Margaret Smith Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era.

Dr. Lauren Streicher, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said Williams' age - 35 - increases her chances of pregnancy complications, such as developing high blood pressure. She's still the most skilled and physically gifted player on the women's tour.