Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova has announced she was expecting her first child with fiancée Alexander Gilkes, after celebrating her 35th birthday on Tuesday.

It was a special day and remarkable moment for the former world number one tennis star who has won all four tennis grand slam titles during her career as she took to Instagram to express her happiness with a picture showing off her small bump at the beach.

She wrote in the picture caption, “Precious beginnings,”  “Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.”

Sharapova, announced her engagement to British businessman Gilkes in December 2020, after retiring from the sport just over two years ago.

The lovebirds started their relationship since 2018, but Gilkes would often be seen in Sharapova’s playing box towards the end of her career.

In response to Sharapova’s announcement, Gilkes reacted with a simple heart-eye emoji.