Venus knew Serena was pregnant in AO final

Published by Leigh Rogers

KEEPING A SECRET: Venus and Serena Williams during the Australian Open 2017 trophy presentation; Getty Images
As Serena Williams won a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title at Australian Open 2017, both her and runner-up Venus Williams were keeping a big secret…

Serena Williams has admitted that older sister Venus knew she was pregnant when they contested the Australian Open final in January.

The 35-year-old made the revelation in Vanity Fair. In an open and honest interview that explores her relationship with fiance Alexis Ohanian, Serena details her reaction to discovering she was pregnant on the eve of the Australian Open.

She reveals she was initially in disbelief and it took six pregnancy tests while in Melbourne, all of which were positive, to convince her. Serena then consulted a doctor to see whether she should even compete in the Grand Slam tournament, which she went on to win without dropping a set.

Venus, her final opponent, was one of only five people who knew of her pregnancy at the time. Ohanian and the doctor also knew, alongside long-time agent Jill Smoller and close friend Jessica Steindorff, who encouraged her to take the initial pregnancy test when she complained of feeling ‘physically different’ before the tournament.

Serena, now seven months pregnant, features on the cover of the August edition of Vanity Fair. You can read the full article here.

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