Maria Sharapova Is Pregnant, Expecting Her 1st Baby With Fiance

Maria Sharapova & Alexander Gilkes
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Swimsuit bump! Maria SharapovaShe celebrated her birthday by announcing her pregnancy.

“Precious beginnings!!!” the retired tennis pro, 35, told her Instagram followers on Tuesday, April 19. “Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.” The athlete cradled her budding belly on the beach while wearing a strapless bikini top and pants in the social media upload.

The Russia native’s fiancé, Alexander GilkesHe commented on the post using a heart-eye emoticon, but has yet share the news on his account.

The couple began dating in 2018; they were married two years later.

“I said yes from the first day we met,” Sharapova captioned a black-and-white Instagram photo of herself kissing Gilkes’ forehead at the time. “This was our little secret, wasn’t it 💍🥂@gilkesa.”

The businessman, 42, confirmed his proposal in a post of his own, writing, “Thank you for making me a very, very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you and learning from you @mariasharapova #💍.”

The duo’s marriage will mark the England native’s second time down the aisle. Gilkes was married to designer before. Misha NonooFrom 2012 to 2016.

Sharapova was previously engaged to Olympian Sasha BujačićAfter two years of being together, they split in 2012. She went on with her life. Grigor DimitrovBefore you start to date Gilkes in 2018

Sharapova is well-known for her success in tennis, and she announced her retirement in February 2020.

“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it every day,” the tennis star wrote in a statement at the time. “Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path was filled with detours and valleys but the views from its peak were breathtaking. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”

Playing the sport revealed her “true essence,” Sharapova went on to write, adding, “They tested my character, my will, my ability to channel my raw emotions into a place where they worked for me instead of against me. Between their lines, my vulnerabilities felt safe … I never looked back and I never looked forward.”

Two years ago, Sharapova was suspended after she tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance. While the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model called her two-year suspension “unfairly harsh” in 2016, she used her time off the court to enroll at Harvard University’s business school.

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