On her 35th birthday, Maria Sharapova announces that she is pregnant

Sharapova played tennis when rackets were “twice” her size 2:45 (CNN) — Maria Sharapova, who won all four Grand Slam tennis titles during her career, celebrated her 35th birthday on Tuesday, but will remember the day for more than one reason after she announced she was expecting her first child with fiancé Alexander Gilkes. The former tennis star posted a photo on Instagram showing off her small bulge as she poses on the beach. Maria Sharapova and her fiancé Alexander Gilkes arrive at the 2021 Met Gala. “Precious beginnings,” she wrote in the caption. “Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.” Maria Sharapova, who retired from the sport just two years ago, announced her engagement to British businessman Gilkes in December 2020. The couple have been in a relationship since 2018 and Gilkes was often at Sharapova’s games towards the end of her race. Gilkes reacted to Sharapova’s announcement with a simple heart-eyes emoji. The former world number one was one of the most famous tennis players during her career. She is one of 10 women to have won all four Grand Slam titles during her career, finishing with a total of five. Her last appearance was at the 2020 Australian Open, where she was eliminated in the first round by Donna Vekić. Maria Sharapova collected more than US$38 million in prize money in her career, according to the WTA website.