[00:00.00]This is What’s Trending Today.
[00:03.87]Earlier this year, many tennis fans were talking about the Australian Open finals.
[00:12.42]American tennis stars – and sisters – Serena and Venus Williams played each other in a so-called Grand Slam final for the first time since 2009.
[00:28.37]Serena beat her older sister in two sets to win the Australian Open.
[00:35.10]Little did we know, Williams was in her eighth week of pregnancy at the time.
[00:42.94]This week, she posted a photo of herself wearing a yellow bathing suit on social media.
[00:51.23]On the photo she wrote “20 weeks.”
[00:55.64]Fans immediately started talking and debating. Was Serena pregnant?
[01:04.53]A spokeswoman later confirmed Williams’ pregnancy.
[01:10.19]She also confirmed that she would not play in tennis competitions for the rest of the year.
[01:18.23]The spokeswoman said Williams expects to return to tennis in 2018, however.
[01:26.36]The baby is due sometime in the fall.
[01:30.85]Williams is set to marry internet businessman Alexis Ohanian.
[01:36.65]Williams has not played since her win at the Australian Open.
[01:42.19]She reportedly had an injured knee.
[01:45.98]The younger Williams sister holds the most-ever Grand Slam singles titles.
[01:53.70]Her win in Australia moved her ahead of Germany’s Steffi Graf.
[01:59.58]Many people could not believe Williams was able to win a major tournament while pregnant.
[02:07.68]Comedian Trevor Noah joked Williams had an unfair advantage in the match against Venus; she was actually playing “doubles” tennis while her sister was playing “singles.”
[02:22.87]A doctor told the BBC that being pregnant might have helped Williams in some ways.
[02:30.13]Some of the changes women go through in the first few weeks of pregnancy actually help improve physical performance, the expert said.
[02:42.79]However, one fan on social media said she could barely get out of bed at that point in her pregnancy.
[02:51.77]Another person joked Williams’ fetus is already ranked 200th in the world in tennis.
[03:00.73]In other tennis news, Russian Maria Sharapova starts her comeback next week after a 15-month suspension.
[03:11.91]She had not been permitted to play after taking the illegal drug meldonium.
[03:19.09]She will return to competition at a tournament in Germany.
[03:24.42]And that’s What’s Trending Today.
[03:27.78]I’m Dan Friedell.