Retired tennis star Maria Sharapova has announced that she is expecting her first
child with fiancé Alexander Gilkes.
The former World Number One tennis player revealed her pregnancy via an
Instagram post on her 35th birthday, hailing the start of “precious beginnings”.
She posted a photograph of herself standing on a beach while beaming at the camera
and cradling her growing baby bump.
Writing in the caption, the athlete said: “Eating birthday cake for two has always
been my specialty.”
Friends and family rushed to congratulate the couple in the comments, including
actor Lily Collins and Australian model Lara Worthington.
Gilkes reacted to Sharapova’s announcement with a simple heart-eye emoji.
The former world No.1 was one of the most famous tennis players in the world during
She is one of only 10 women to win all four grand slam titles during her career,
ending on a total of five major wins.
Her last appearance came at the 2020 Australian Open, where she was knocked out in
the first round by Donna Vekić.
Sharapova collected more than $38 million in prize money in her career, according to
the WTA website.