Pregnant Serena Williams Taking a Year Off Tennis

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Courtesy of WENN Newsdesk

Tennis star Serena Williams is taking a court hiatus in 2017 so she can focus on becoming a mom.

The athlete stunned fans on Wednesday by revealing via Snapchat she was 20 weeks pregnant and expecting fiance and founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian’s baby.

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She then deleted the post, which featured Williams showing off her baby bump in a yellow one-piece, prompting some critics to believe the big announcement was a hoax or a prank. But now the tennis ace’s publicist has confirmed the baby news, revealing Williams will be returning to the tennis circuit in 2018, after she becomes a first-time mother at 35. It still isn’t clear why Williams deleted the Snapchat baby announcement.

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