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Maria Sharapova says she is pregnant with her first child

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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.”

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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.