By Michael Klopman
How's this for a winning serve? On Wednesday, tennis superstar Serena Williams appeared to announce on Snapchat that she's 20 weeks pregnant.
Serena Williams is pregnant!! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/u2RfhSzlcB- Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 19, 2017
The post (which was later deleted) comes just a few months after Serena and Alexis Ohanian, a Reddit co-founder, got engaged. On top of that, several people out there who can do math realized that because Williams is 20 weeks into her pregnancy, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open -- beating her sister Venus in the finals for her record 23rd grand slam singles title -- early in her pregnancy.
While the 35-year-old Williams is far from the first female athlete to compete while pregnant, actually winning is another story. Back at the 2012 London Olympics, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings of Team USA was five weeks into her pregnancy when she won the gold medal.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many couldn't help but focus on the fact that Serena won a grand slam while pregnant when they reacted to the news on Twitter.
Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant. Not many newborns can claim to have won the Australian Open as an embryo.- Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in.- 23RENA (@noelleharmony) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam without dropping a set. G.O.A.T. (sorry, Roger).- Dubious Goals Cmte (@davidabenner) April 19, 2017
Serena won a grand slam while she was pregnant. That unborn child is more accomplished than me.- Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) April 19, 2017
god is a woman and her name is serena williams- rachel (@andreyrublevs) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won the Australia Open in Jan. but I cant even get out of bed when I'm on my period. Sis is superwoman- Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) April 19, 2017
I just see Serena Williams as a mother and her kid is acting up and she's like "Don't Try Me..." ������https://t.co/juJzoQeKXS- Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant at the Australian Open in January and played anyway. She really is a legend.- Brad James (@BradfatherSpeak) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won the Australian Open if she wasn't GOAT status before. pic.twitter.com/JRvspodInX- SCM87 (@SCWM87) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams won the Australian open pregnant.- Gyal Dem Schewazzle (@DavidEatsViagra) April 19, 2017
Idgaf who you think the greatest athlete ever is. They didn't win a major title pregnant.
Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant, which means she won the Australian Open while being pregnant and didn't drop a single set. The GOAT.- Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams won a grand slam while she was pregnant so every man should probably shut up about everything forever.- Travon Free (@Travon) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams is 20 weeks pregnant. The Australian Open was 11 weeks ago. Think about that the next time you make an excuse. #hero- Brandon Marianne Lee (@BrandonHerFFB) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams is engaged and now pregnant, thus ending my quest to be a trophy husband. Thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.- Andrew Hammond (@ahammsportsgeek) April 19, 2017