“We couldn’t be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family together,” Azarenka said in a message posted on Twitter.
The 26-year-old also added that she is “truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return” to their sport after giving birth and plans to resume her tennis career after becoming a mother.
Azarenka, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, started the year off strong with a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open, which she has won twice, and added back-to-back victories at Indian Wells and Miami in the spring. She has struggled since then, failing to advance past the third round in the following three clay-court tournaments.
Belgian Kim Clijsters came back to the professional tour and won her second U.S. Open title in 2009, one year after the birth of her first child. American Lindsay Davenport also resumed her tennis career after giving birth in 2007 and 2009.
Several of the players on the men’s side are also parents, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, second-ranked Andy Murray and world No. 3 Roger Federer, who is the father of two sets of twins.
“I’m blessed to have so many examples of women, in every walk of life, who have pursued careers they love while raising children,” Azarenka wrote. “And to my fans, I’m so looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you.”