Serena Williams Is Pregnant, Plans To Return In 2018

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With a baby on the way Serena is not expected to play in any more competitions this year, however many outlets are reporting that she is likely to return to tennis in 2018.

Serena doesn't reveal much about her private life, however in December 2016 her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, was announced.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion caused speculation on Social Media via Snapchat, with a Snapchat selfie of herself with the caption simply reading "20 weeks". Quickly, the global news agencies analyzed that she'd have been 8 weeks into pregnancy while winning her 23rd grand slam in January this year - and that's the thing and passion about sport.

Marketing experts have said Williams's pregnancy will boost her commercial appeal and open up lucrative avenues into maternal-wear and baby clothes.

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And US Open Tennis responded: "Serena Williams will have a new pride and joy to hug and call her own soon!"

Williams deleted the photo shortly after it appeared and waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.

In the space of two years, Konta has gone from world number 151 to breaking the top 10, with her sights already set on the very top.

For Williams, who commands almost $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, becoming pregnant makes her all the more attractive to corporate sponsors, industry executives said. Serena Williams is an elite athlete, and has overcome a number of significant health challenges in her career.

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However, she has not played since Melbourne, citing a knee injury, and will now concede big points through the entire calendar: Last year, she reached the final of the French Open, won Wimbledon and made the semis of the US Open last year. "It's not good for women's tennis which is a shame", she said. She is the oldest ever women's No1 and the oldest to win a Major in the Open era.

"We've seen some other mothers come back ... but will she have enough motivation when she sees that little one?" former world No. 1 Hall of Famer Tracy Austin said on the Tennis Channel.

Victories in Indian Wells and Miami past year - which included wins over Kerber and Serena - hinted that the two-time major victor was back to her best.

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