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Victoria Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to return after her child is born

during the women's final on Day 13 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida.,KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 02: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during the women's final on Day 13 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

during the women's final on Day 13 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida.,KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 02: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during the women's final on Day 13 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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.

I have some news for you all ☺️ pic.twitter.com/64Kf90tZF6

— victoria azarenka (@vika7) July 15, 2016

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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.