Maria Sharapova pregnant with first child

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Retired tennis player Maria Sharapova has revealed her pregnancy on social media, two years after leaving the sport.

The Russian-born Sharapova, who is currently residing in Florida, went to Instagram on her 35th birthday, with a post including a photo of her standing on a beach.

The caption reads: "Precious beginnings! Eating birthday cake for two has always been my expertise."

Winning two French Opens, one Wimbledon trophy, one US Open crown and the 2008 Australian Open — retired in early 2020 after 20 years on tour.

At the time, she told Vanity Fair: "In surrendering my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life."

"I'll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up before dawn, tying my left shoe before my right, and locking the court's gate before I hit my first ball of the day.

"I'll miss my squad, my coaches. I'll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench."

The former Russian star earned $US38.77 million ($51.55 million) in prize money throughout her career, plus an estimated $US300 million in sponsorships and endorsements.

In retirement, Sharapova is interested in business with her own candy brand and cosmetics firm and charitable activity.

In December 2020, Sharapova gets engaged to her long-time lover, British businessman Alexander Gilkes.

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