Serena Williams sent fans into a frenzy when she announced her pregnancy in April — but no one was more surprised at the news than the tennis superstar herself.
“(I) did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped,” Williams revealed to Vanity Fair for the magazine's August cover story. She added that her immediate reaction was, “Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open?"
In fact, Williams had only taken a pregnancy test at the suggestion of a friend, after she'd complained of feeling "physically different" a week before the tournament started in January. She recalled thinking, “I’ll take it just because (a) to prove you wrong and (b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?”
The accompanying photos, shot by Annie Leibovitz, see the 35-year-old mom-to-be paying tribute to the photographer's famous 1991 image of a 7-month-pregnant Demi Moore cradling her bare baby bump. (Natalie Portman also re-created the stunning pose in January.)