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Former world number 1 Maria Sharapova took the opportunity of her 35th birthday to announce on Tuesday that she was pregnant with her first child.
The five-time Russian Grand Slam champion, who retired from the sport in 2020, shared the news on Instagram with her 4.2 million followers.
“Precious beginnings!!!” she wrote alongside a photo of herself standing on a beach and smiling.
“Eating a birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.”
In December, Sharapova and British businessman Alexander Gilkes revealed they were engaged.
Although she has competed under the Russian flag during her career – and is the only Russian woman to win a career Grand Slam – Sharapova has lived in the United States since arriving in the country as a youngster. tennis prodigy.