SERENA Williams the U.S. tennis champion (35) is expecting her first child with fiancé, and Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian (33).
The tennis ace announced her pregnancy to her adoring fans by posting a picture of herself on snapchat. The photo shows Serena wearing a bright yellow costume‚ clearly showing a baby bump, with a caption reading “20 weeks.”
Serena’s fans have been quick to congratulate her and Alexis on the news of their first baby-on-the-way. One tweeted that Serena’s inevitable absence at Wimbledon this summer will give other female players a chance to win the vaunted tennis tournament.
The tweet read: “Congratulations Serena Williams! Best thing about your pregnancy is that you’ll miss Wimbledon so another woman can get the chance to win!”
Another fan wrote: “I’m UBER excited for Serena Williams!”
Sources close to Serena said Ohanian proposed to her in January this year, 15 months after they started dating.
Speaking about the engagement at the time, Serena said: “It feels good. I really haven’t thought about it too much, because I wasn’t even really gonna think about it until after the tournament.”
In the same month Serena defeated her sister Venus Williams to win her seventh title in the Australian Open, and her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Ohanian, a renowned pioneer in the internet community co-founded the social news website Reddit in 2005. He also co-founded the venture capital firm Initialized Capital, which helped launch the social enterprise website Breadpig and the travel search website Hipmunk.
His net worth is estimated at $10 million, compared to Serena fortune estimated at $150 million, according to Forbes.
Apart from being one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, Serena has also earned lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and Wilson.
Ohanian’s father, Chris, is an Armenian-American who came to the US as a refugee after his family survived genocide in their homeland. Ohanian’s German-born mother, Anke, worked as an au pair in the U.S. She apparently overstayed her visa when she fell in love with Ohanian’s father.