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Serena found out she was pregnant two days before winning her 23rd Grand Slam title

April 26 (Reuters) - Serena Williams had no intention of sharing her pregnancy with the world last week but spilled the beans when she accidentally uploaded the "20 weeks" photo of herself on Snapchat, the world number one said on Tuesday.

Williams, who was wearing a yellow swimsuit in the 'selfie', quickly deleted the post but later confirmed her pregnancy via her publicist after frenzied speculation.

She told the TED conference in Vancouver that the photo was intended only for her personal records.

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A general view of Rod Laver Arena during the Women's Final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. 
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Australian Open runner-up Serena Williams of the United States and winner Angelique Kerber of Germany pose with their trophies after Women's Singles Final on day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. 
Angelique Kerber of Germany holds the winner's trophy during the awards ceremony following her victory over Serena Williams of the US in their women's singles final match on day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Serena Williams of the United States reacts in her Women's Singles Final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Serena Williams of the United States plays a forehand in her Women's Singles Final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
Germany's Angelique Kerberplays a forehand return during her women's singles final match against Serena Williams of the US on day thirteen of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Serena Williams of the United States reacts in her Women's Singles Final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US plays against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final on day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Serena Williams of the United States falls during her Women's Singles Final match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
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"I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I'm getting," the 35-year-old said in an on-stage chat with journalist Gayle King.

"I was just saving them (for myself)" said Williams. "I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped."

Williams said she had found out she was pregnant only two days before the Australian Open in January, which she went on to win for her 23rd grand slam title.

"It wasn't very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they're pregnant — they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out," she said.

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"I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.

"Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I'm expected to win. If I don't win, it's actually much bigger news."

Williams, who is taking maternity leave for the rest of the 2017 season, said there was no change to her plan to return to the tour as a mother next year.

"I definitely plan on coming back. I'm not done yet," said Williams, who credited her 36-year-old sister Venus, a seven-times grand slam champion, for inspiration.

"If she's still playing, I know I can play.

"This (motherhood) is just a new part of my life. My baby's going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me."

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Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA after beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA hits to Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA hits to Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA serves to Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA serves to Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA hits to Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA after beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden on day six of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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