Though absent from Wimbledon, Serena Williams is still keeping her eye in on the practice courts - while Mandy Minella will soon be joining her on maternity leave.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - Last year, Serena Williams celebrated the Fourth of July with a fourth-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on the Middle Sunday of Wimbledon.

Now, at seven months pregnant, the 23-time major champion is at home on the date for the first time in many years - and a tweet indicated that she wasn't too thrilled about missing the competition.

So naturally, Serena is taking it out on the court - although this year, she has to content herself with "easy standing drills" in practice rather than hard-fought wins on Centre Court.

Wimbledon got me like: Easy standing drills this morning. Go easy.

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Serena isn't the only WTA Tour player who'll be on maternity leave after Wimbledon: Luxembourg's Mandy Minella announced that she is four-and-a-half months pregnant following her first-round loss to Francesca Schiavone.

The 31-year-old World No.82, who married her coach Tim Sommer in 2014, will still compete in the doubles event alongside Anastasija Sevastova this week - and intends to return to the sport after giving birth.