Have you heard? My favorite athlete is expecting. Last week, Serena Williams announced on Snapchat that she was 20 weeks pregnant.
Williams posted a photo of herself in a yellow swimsuit, accentuating her baby bump. She's engaged to Alexis Ohanian, who co-founded the social media website Reddit. She later said she hadn't meant to announce it quite yet, but was glad the news got out.
This means Williams was about nine weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January, capturing her 23rd Grand Slam singles title and passing Steffi Graf for the most women's titles in the Open era.
So will Williams deliver any more titles? She says she intends to play again. She needs one slam to tie Margaret Court, whose career began before the Open era.
Serena turns 36 in September. She's already the oldest woman to win a slam. She would have to win one in 2019 to pass Ken Rosewall as the oldest player to do it in the Open era.
Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said it will be difficult, but he expects Williams to come back. He encouraged writers to doubt her, because she loves to prove the skeptics wrong.
Congratulations, Serena. But come back. I dare you.