STUTTGART, Germany - Svetlana Kuznetsova's reaction to World No.1 Serena Williams' pregnancy could be described in one word: shock.
Well, at least at first.
After her first round win against Kiki Bertens at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 31-year-old Russian joked with the press about how she processed her friend's big news.
"I think it’s great. I mean when my agent told me Serena’s pregnant, I said probably they made [something] up as always. ‘No, no, no.’ I thought it’s great news, but for a couple of days, I was in shock. Like, 'Is that for real?' and then I said, 'I’ve got to text her.'
So, I texted her ‘You know, you got me by surprise.’ She said ‘So was I.’ (laughs) So, that was funny. I’m really happy for her."
The Russian, who has seen several of her peers return after having children over the course of her career, added that the rest of the tour now has to be on alert when a player takes an extended break.
"Vika [Victoria Azarenka], Serena, it’s a new style," Kuznetsova laughed. "Now, when you think somebody pulled out of a tournament you think twice - is it pregnancy or is it an injury? So, you never know!"
Kim Clijsters, who was introduced as a Legend Ambassador to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Tuesday in Stuttgart, also shared her reaction to Williams' announcement.
The Belgian return to the WTA in 2009 after giving birth to her first child, Jada, and won three Grand Slams after becoming a mother.
"When I heard the news, I was really excited to hear about it," Clijsters said. "I'm really, really excited for her to go through this and that she's really happy. At the end of the day, pregnancy has a big impact on your body but as long as your mindset is there, anything can happen and anything is possible."