Tennis star Serena Williams pregnant

Serena Williams in action PHOTO COURTESY

American female Tennis great Serena Williams will be out of action for the rest of the season due to pregnancy.

The 35-year-old disclosed the message when she posted a picture of herself on Snapchat posing  in a mirror selfie with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting the post on Wednesday.

The World number two who is expected to top the rankings next week is in a relationship with an American internet entrepreneur and investor Alexis Kerry Ohanian aged 33.

Serena’s spokesperson, Kelly Bush Novak confirming the good news, said: “I’m happy to confirm that Serena is expecting a baby this fall.”

She added that Serena won’t be playing again in 2017, but is looking forward to playing again the following year.

Serena won the record for Open-era major titles, when she claimed the Australian Open with victory over her elder sister Venus in January.