Was Serena Williams pregnant when she won the Australian Open?

20 Apr 2017 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Rishikesh Malkhede
Serena Williams's pregnancy

On Wednesday, Serena Williams posted a Snapchat story wherein she was posing sideways in a yellow bathing suit and a protruding stomach.

She captioned the story "20 weeks."

This means she was approximately 2 months pregnant at the time of winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title!

Williams later deleted the post, but the same was confirmed by her spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak.

In context: Serena Williams's pregnancy

ChildhoodHome-schooling and tennis

Serena Williams was born on 26 September 1981 in Florida.

She started to play tennis at the age of three and her parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price were her early coaches.

She was home-schooled along with sister Venus by her father.

Her father stopped sending her to national junior tennis tournaments after he heard white parents talk about Venus and her in tournaments.

Professional DebutReaching the top 100

Serena made her professional debut in 1995 at the age of 14. However, she did not make a good impression and did not play any match in 1996.

In 1997, ranked 304, she defeated world no. 7 Mary Pierce and world no. 4 Monica Seles at the Ameritech Cup Chicago.

She didn't win the tournament, but finished at rank 99 in 1997.

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20 Apr 2017Was Serena Williams pregnant when she won the Australian Open?

Championing through pregnancy!

In a statement, her spokesperson Novak confirmed that Serena Williams is indeed expecting a baby this fall season. Novak, however, said she wouldn't be playing again this year.

25 Apr 2017Serena Williams thanks her unborn baby for top WTA spot

A pregnant Serena Williams reclaimed her top spot at the WTA world rankings, and took to social media to thank her unborn baby.

"My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn't know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace," she wrote on Instagram.

"From the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one," Williams ended.