(FILES) This file photo taken on January 28, 2017 shows Serena Williams of the US holding the trophy following her victory over Venus Williams of the US in the women’s singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Serena Williams is indeed pregnant, her publicist confirmed on April 19, 2017, after the tennis great’s Snapchat post suggesting she was expecting a baby. “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall,” publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in an email to AFP. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK /
US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy.
The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany’s Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third spot.
Williams, one of the greatest players of all time, revealed Wednesday that she is expecting her first baby and will not play again this year.
Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, said this week that she “looks forward to returning in 2018” and that was echoed by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Overtaking Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns — Williams is on 23 — is also “a determining factor” in her motivation to plough on, the Frenchman said.
Williams is due to give birth in September.
1. Serena Williams (USA) 7,010 pts (+1)
2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6,925 (-1)
3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,020
4. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 5,065
5. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,021
6. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,691
7. Johanna Konta (GBR) 4,330
8. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4,205
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 4,025
10. Madison Keys (USA) 3,857
11. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3,850
12. Venus Williams (USA) 3,811
13. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 3.740
14. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2,925 (+1)
15. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2,900 (-1)
16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,475
17. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 2,130
18. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2,120
19. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 2,080
20. Kiki Bertens (NED) 1,988