Serena Williams
Serena Williams's Snapchat post that was deleted.

After tennis superstar Serena Williams on Wednesday suggested she is pregnant, after she posted a photo of herself posing in a yellow bathing suit on the social media site Snapchat, her spokesperson confirmed the same

Serena Williams had a caption saying '20 weeks.'

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"I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall," Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement emailed to AFP. While Williams won't play again this year, "she looks forward to returning in 2018," Bush Novak said.

Williams' Snapchat post, quickly highlighted in US media, showed the 35-year-old in a yellow swimsuit that revealed an apparent baby bump. But the post was quickly taken down, lending an air of mystery to its meaning.

"The GOAT herself @serenawilliams took to Snapchat to announce she's 20 weeks pregnant! Congratulations Serena!" the US Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open which Williams has won six times tweeted, using the acronym for "Greatest Of All Time".

If Williams is 20 weeks into her pregnancy, that means she was already expecting when she won her record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January -- where she beat her elder sister Venus in the final.

With inputs from AFP