Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child

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The 35-year-old star took to Snapchat on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) and revealed she is 20 weeks along.

Tennis star Serena Williams is pregnant!

"20 weeks", the text over the photo, which she has since removed from her story, read.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams on Wednesday appeared to suggest she is pregnant, posting a photo of herself in a bathing suit on the social media site Snapchat with the caption "20 weeks". She later took the photo down, but sources close to Williams told TMZ she is pregnant, although her reps have not yet confirmed the pregnancy.

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The Australian Open was her last competitive match, as in March she pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and a WTA Tour event in Miami.

Williams is in great company as the latest WTA star to thrive amid impending or recent motherhood, as Kim Clijsters came out of retirement after having her first child to nearly immediately win the 2009 U.S. Open (two more Slams followed), while Victoria Azarenka just past year swept Indian Wells and Miami in the early stages of her pregnancy.

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Serena Williams, the 23-time Major victor, is expecting her first child.

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The next Grand Slam tournament this year is the French Open, which starts in May. She is now scheduled for Madrid in early May.

There is recent precedent for tennis players to return to action after becoming a mother. Another former No. 1 and major champion, Victoria Azarenka, has announced she'll be getting back on tour soon after having a baby. Kim Clijsters retired briefly to start a family, then came back to action and won Grand Slam titles.

Serena Williams now holds the title for the most Grand Slam wins with 23 titles, the most for any player man or woman.

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