Professional tennis player Serena Williams


Heavily-pregnant tennis superstar poses in the nude for magazine’s August cover


AUSTRALIA – When Serena Williams discovered in January that she was pregnant, she was totally shocked by it and was scared that her delicate condition would derail her efforts to win the Australian Open.

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In a Vanity Fair story that will come out in the magazine’s August issue that features a nude Williams on the cover, the 35-year-old tennis superstar said she “did a double take” when her pregnancy result turned out positive.

“My heart dropped. Like literally it dropped.” Williams could not believe it so she took five more tests and all came out positive.

“Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year,” said Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles.

After Williams learned she was pregnant, she told her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, that he needed to go to Melbourne where the Australian Open was held. He thought it was a health-related matter so he immediately flew out of San Francisco.

When he got in Melbourne, Williams gave Ohanian a paper bag that contained the six pregnancy test results. Ohanian was shocked and concerned so a doctor was called to examine Williams.

The doctor said there was no risk to the fetus if she played.

So, Williams competed and went on to win the Australian Open women’s singles title.

Up to now, Wlliams said becoming a mother “just doesn’t seem real.”

She admits that her pregnancy has caught her off-guard.

“If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world,” Williams told Vanity Fair.

Aside from converting a guest room in her home into a nursery, Williams said she has not done anything yet to prepare for her baby. “I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing, I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room,” said Williams.

Ohanian, for his part, said he is excited for the future that lies ahead of him and Williams.

They will get married after Williams gives birth this fall. GAC/Expat Media


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