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Serena Williams announces pregnancy via social media, then deletes post

United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating her sister Venus in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Jack Thomas/Pool Photo via AP)
United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating her sister Venus in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Jack Thomas/Pool Photo via AP) AP

Attention, Serena Williams is (apparently) expecting.

The tennis star announced on Snapchat Wednesday that she is 20 weeks pregnant. She later deleted the post.

Several tennis players and organizations initially tweeted congratulations, but some removed their posts after Williams removed hers.

Williams won the Australian Open in January, beating her sister Venus in the championship round. That was her 23rd Grand Slam title, the most of any player in the Open Era. Williams has since announced an engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and appeared in the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

In early March, Williams indicated a knee injury was the cause of her pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. She hasn’t played since beating her sister in the Australian Open final.

Williams is scheduled to speak next week at TED2017 in Canada, where leaders will share their visions for the future.

The news that Williams,35, is five months pregnant likely means she won her last major while she was pregnant and will likely not play in any more major championships this season.

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