Why Serena Williams' pregnancy is a relief for other tennis stars

Jessica Allison
April 22, 2017

The 35-year-old beat sister Venus making it her 23rd grand slam tournament - and, despite being in the early stages of pregnancy - you know, the period when you're so bone exhausted you can barely turn your head and all you can think about is whether you might vomit right here, right now - Serena did not drop a set.

The world No. 2 will turn 36 in September, but her spokesman Kelly Bush Novak said that, while the American player would miss the rest of this season, she meant to return to the circuit next year.

Tennis great Serena Williams announced Wednesday that she's 20 weeks pregnant, which means that she was expecting her first child when she won the Australian Open in January.

Along with having babies in the same year, what fans can expect from both Williams and Beyonce is an epic comeback. The 35-year old is engaged to the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. She, 35, is already known around the world for her dominance of women's tennis, but pregnancy would make her even more likeable in the eyes of the wider public, experts in the sponsorship industry said.

Ms. Williams has forever shaped and changed tennis with her prowess and her sheer domination. The benefits of pregnant exercise include a lower likelihood that a mother-to-be will gain too much weight, will develop gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders, will undergo preterm birth or cesarean delivery, and will give birth to a low weight baby, he said. Then in 2001, she began to face a series of professional and personal setbacks that would have broken most athletes.

If Williams was among the majority of pregnant women who get morning sickness, how was she able to stay on top of her game?

The most recent comparable case is that of former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Her representatives have confirmed to Press Association Sport that she will not feature in any more tournaments this year, but is planning a return in 2018.

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Motherhood may do little to slow Serena Williams's pursuit of grand slam success but more hungry opponents, if they emerge, could yet deny her the all-time singles record, the woman who holds that distinction told Reuters.

Her run ended with a loss to Justine Henin in the French Open semi-finals, but she rebounded to win Wimbledon before undergoing quadriceps surgery to miss the US Open.

The Belgian retired in 2012 at 29. In terms of sponsorship earnings, she stands at the 20th position along with fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova.

Serena Williams has made a career of doing the unprecedented, the unfathomable, the indomitable.

Tennis Magazine asked 'Are Serena's playing days over?'

Serena Williams of the USA hitting a return against Venus Williams of the U.S. during the women's singles of the Australian Open in Melbourne in January 2017.

I think if Serena wants to come back after having a baby, I think she's proven at this point that age is not a big factor for her.

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