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Yes, tennis star Serena Williams really is pregnant

Tennis star Serena Williams celebrated after defeating her sister, Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s singles finals at the Australian Open in January.
Tennis star Serena Williams celebrated after defeating her sister, Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s singles finals at the Australian Open in January. Tribune News Services

Serena Williams will soon welcome something more important than any of her tennis championships trophies.

A baby.

On Wednesday, Williams shared a photo on Snapchat that appears to show her baby bump. She wrote: “20 weeks.”

As congratulations began to be shared on social media, Williams deleted the snap, so ... maybe she is pregnant. Or maybe not. Another theory: Williams meant to send the snap to her sister and instead sent it to “My Story.”

UPDATE: The New York Times reported that Williams' spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, said Williams is pregnant and would miss the rest of the 2017 season. Williams plans to return to the court in 2018, Novak told the Times.

In December, Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian were engaged.

Williams, 35, has won 23 Grand Slam titles, the most of any player in in the Open Era. She has not played since beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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