Sunday 20 August 2017

Serena Williams reveals her pregnancy 'announcement' wasn't intentional

US tennis player Serena Williams arrives to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
US tennis player Serena Williams arrives to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Serena Williams of the US poses with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy after winning the Women's Singles Final against Venus Williams of the United States on day 13 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Image: Serena Williams/Instagram
US superstar tennis player Serena Williams (R) discusses her tennis career and pending motherhood with journalist Gayle King during the TED Conference on April 25, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams has announced she's 20 weeks pregnant
US superstar tennis player Serena Williams (R) discusses her tennis career and pending motherhood with journalist Gayle King during the TED Conference on April 25, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian pictured together in January, shortly after the couple announced their engagement.

Frank Pingue

Serena Williams had no intention of sharing her pregnancy with the world last week but spilled the beans when she accidentally uploaded the "20 weeks" photo of herself on Snapchat, the world number one said on Tuesday.

Williams, who was wearing a yellow swimsuit in the 'selfie', quickly deleted the post but later confirmed her pregnancy via her publicist after frenzied speculation.

She told the TED conference in Vancouver that the photo was intended only for her personal records.

"I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I'm getting," the 35-year-old said in an on-stage chat with journalist Gayle King.

Serena Williams has announced she's 20 weeks pregnant
Serena Williams has announced she's 20 weeks pregnant

"I was just saving them (for myself)" said Williams. "I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped."

Williams said she had found out she was pregnant only two days before the Australian Open in January, which she went on to win for her 23rd grand slam title.

"It wasn't very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they're pregnant — they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out," she said.

"I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian pictured together in January, shortly after the couple announced their engagement.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian pictured together in January, shortly after the couple announced their engagement.

"Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I'm expected to win. If I don't win, it's actually much bigger news."

Williams, who is taking maternity leave for the rest of the 2017 season, said there was no change to her plan to return to the tour as a mother next year.

"I definitely plan on coming back. I'm not done yet," said Williams, who credited her 36-year-old sister Venus, a seven-times grand slam champion, for inspiration.

"If she's still playing, I know I can play.

US superstar tennis player Serena Williams (R) discusses her tennis career and pending motherhood with journalist Gayle King during the TED Conference on April 25, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images
US superstar tennis player Serena Williams (R) discusses her tennis career and pending motherhood with journalist Gayle King during the TED Conference on April 25, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. / AFP PHOTO / Glenn CHAPMANGLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images

"This (motherhood) is just a new part of my life. My baby's going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me."

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom)

Reuters

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