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Serena Williams

"From the oldest world No 1 to the youngest world No 1…" was the touching sign off to a message Serena Williams wrote to her unborn child this week as she finally confirmed news of her pregnancy to the world.

Her announcement coincided with her return to the top of the standings for her 317th week without even hitting a ball – due to a change in the 2017 WTA calendar.

The last time she did strike a competitive ball will now go down in folklore and cement her legend.

At eight weeks pregnant she clinched her 23rd major at the Australian Open without dropping a set and fans were quick to wonder whether this would signal the end of her playing career.

Yesterday's Instagram post, however, went a long way to dispelling those fears as her note to her unborn child said that she "can't wait for you to join the players box next year".

My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:06am PDT
Serena continues to rewrite the manual for women's tennis and her reaction to the comments made by Ilie Nastase at Great Britain's tarnished Fed Cup tie with Romanian demonstrate how the American transcends the sport.

With the dark shadow of Maria Sharapova's return causing friction and distaste in the game among the players, Serena remains a constant source of resilience, positivity and inspiration for her fellow pros and followers.



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