Maria Sharapova has announced she expecting her first child with her fiance Alexander Gilkes.
The retired Russian tennis champion made the announcement on her 35th birthday in a post shared on Instagram.
‘Precious beginnings!!! Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty,’ captioned Maria, who included a snap of herself cradling her bump on the beach.
Maria began dating Alexander, 42, in 2018. They made their major red carpet debut as a couple at the 2019 Met Gala.
The British businessman proposed to the five-time Grand Slam tennis champion in December 2020. He presented her with a dazzling £300,000 diamond engagement ring.
‘I said yes from the first day we met. This was our little secret, wasn’t it @gilkesa,’ wrote Maria, who announced their engagement on Instagram.
Taking to his own Instagram page, Alexander thanked his fiancee for ‘making me a very very happy boy and saying yes’ to his proposal.
The art dealer continued: ‘I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you @mariasharapova’