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Tennis star Azarenka pregnant, plans to resume career

FILE - In this May 30, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serena Williams at Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her career after the baby is born. The 26-year-old Azarenka posted a letter on her Twitter account Friday, July 15, 2016, saying that when she was recovering from the knee injury that kept her out of Wimbledon, she and her boyfriend learned they were expecting a child at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

FILE - In this May 30, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serena Williams at Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her career after the baby is born. The 26-year-old Azarenka posted a letter on her Twitter account Friday, July 15, 2016, saying that when she was recovering from the knee injury that kept her out of Wimbledon, she and her boyfriend learned they were expecting a child at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)  (The Associated Press)

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her career after the baby is born.

The 26-year-old Azarenka posted a letter on her Twitter account Friday saying that while she was recovering from the knee injury that kept her out of Wimbledon, she and her boyfriend learned they were expecting a child at the end of the year.

She writes: "We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family together."

She adds that she has been "truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that."

Currently ranked sixth, Azarenka had to retire from her first-round French Open match when she hurt the knee and hasn't played since.