Serena Williams

Serena Williams: World number two's pregnancy is confirmed

The American, 35, is due to give birth in the autumn, says her representative.

The world number two posted a picture on social media app Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: "20 weeks", before deleting it.

If accurate, that would mean Williams was around eight weeks pregnant while winning in Melbourne.

Williams will miss the rest of the season, having not played since the Australian Open, citing a knee injury.

Williams to forfeit top ranking

Williams only returned to the top ranking in January after claiming a record 23rd grand slam singles title at the Australian Open.

"Sadly, I have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open," Williams said in a statement.

"I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there. I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I look forward to being back as soon as I can."

Serena Williams surprises players on public tennis court

Yet few expect to be challenged during a friendly match on a public court.

Sunday when 23-time time grand slam champion Serena Williams asked two unsuspecting recreational tennis players if she could share a court with them.

The exchange was captured and published on Williams' Snapchat account.

Serena beats Venus to win record 23rd major

When Serena beat her older sibling in the Australian Open final 6-4 6-4, she collected a 23rd grand slam title to surpass Steffi Graf for the Open Era lead.

Now she only trails all-time leader Margaret Court by one major and the way she played in Melbourne -- not dropping a set -- Serena, 35, is looking good to achieve that feat later in 2017.

"It's never enough, 23, 24, 25," Serena told the crowd after her win. "I felt like I really elevated my game this year."

Serena Williams shows off engagement ring

The superstar athlete posted a photo on Reddit, naturally, as she is engaged to the social site's co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The pic, titled "Engagement shoe game," shows the couple with Williams sporting a massive rock on her engagement ring finger.

The tennis great took several fans by surprised when she announced her engagement last week.

Shock loss: Serena Williams makes early exit

RNZ reports the world number two and top seed lost to Brengle, who is ranked 72 in the world, 4-6 7-6 4-6 in a see-saw second-round contest.

The final blow came as a double fault on a match point.

At a post-match news conference, Williams said the swirling wind had been a major factor for her.

"I really think I played - I'm trying to think of a word that's not 'obscene', but that's pretty much how I played. Eighty-eight unforced errors is too much ... just way too many unforced errors.

Serena wins 1st match in Auckland

The 35-year-old had not played a competitive match since she lost to Karolina Pliskova in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open last September, withdrawing from all tennis to deal with a persistent shoulder injury.

The 22-time grand slam winner, who had participated in a charity doubles match with sister Venus against All Blacks siblings Julian and Ardie Savea before the tournament started, was appearing for the first time in Auckland and persistent rain on Monday postponed her first round match until Tuesday.

Serena to start action on day two in Auckland

Just two main draw singles matches were completed on the first day, with a number of qualifying also still to be completed.

22-time grand slam winner Williams will play Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier first up before Naomi Osaka resumes her match with Annika Beck of Germany with the Japanese player a set up.

The New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic will then play seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, before third seed Caroline Wozniacki opens her campaign against Nicolle Gibbs of the United States.

Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar join Beyonce onstage at end of her Formation world tour

Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman and Frank Ocean were among 80,000 people in the crowd at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

Beyonce sang tracks from her six solo albums, including her latest effort, Lemonade.

Jay Z joined his wife for Drunk In Love, making his first appearance on the tour, which started in April.

Kendrick Lamar's cameo included a dance-off with Beyonce in a pool of water during Freedom.

Meanwhile Serena Williams - who appears in the music video for Sorry - brought the clip to life by twerking while Beyonce sang the song.

Serena Williams vows: 'I won't be silent' on police violence

The US tennis star posted that she found herself feeling wary of law enforcement during a recent journey with her teenage nephew.

Williams said that when they drove by a patrol car she remembered a woman whose boyfriend was fatally shot by police.

She is the latest athlete to speak out about friction between law enforcement and the black community in the US.

In Tuesday's Facebook post, Williams, 35, wrote that she had asked her 18-year-old nephew to drive her somewhere so she could work during the journey.