Tennis superstar Serena Williams has said she revealed her pregnancy by accident, after mistakenly uploading a photograph on Snapchat.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner posted a picture where she wore a yellow swimsuit posing in a mirror with the message, “20 weeks”, before deleting it almost immediately.
But her spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, later confirmed the news.
The 35-year-old Williams said she took photographs on a weekly basis to track the pregnancy.
“I was just saving them [for myself]” she said. “I’ve been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped.”
The current world number one, who beat her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January, will be due to give birth later in August as she said she discovered she was pregnant just two days before the tournament.
“It wasn’t very easy,” she said. “You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant – they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out.
“I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.
“Pregnant or not, no-one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I’m expected to win. If I don’t win, it’s actually much bigger news.”
But the American Tennis star has confirmed her plans to return to the sport after giving birth.
“I definitely plan on coming back. I’m not done yet,” added Williams.
“If she’s (Venus Williams) still playing, I know I can play. This [motherhood] is just a new part of my life. My baby’s going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me.”
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