New Mum Serena Williams will be playing in Australia in January to defend her title, her coach Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou hinted on Twitter on Friday.
The 35-year-old American, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning the Australian Open in January but has posted several videos to social media showing her hitting balls during her pregnancy.
Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & without limitation,” Mouratoglou wrote.
Btw @SerenaWilliams … I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.
Fellow American Sloane Stephens said she expected to see a lot of the newborn and cannot wait to see the little baby girl on tour with her mom.
Williams, the world’s highest-paid female athlete confirmed her pregnancy in April after triggering frenzied speculation when she accidentally posted a short-lived selfie on social media with the caption: “20 weeks”.
She was also about two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title at the Australian Open , one short of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court.
She told Vogue magazine last month about her “outrageous plan” to defend her title in Australia next January , where the year’s first grand slam will be played from January 15-28.
Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, although none has done so at Williams’ age.
Kim Clijsters of belgium retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three grand slam titles.
Australians Evonne Goolagong Cawleyand Court also won grand slam titles after having children.