Serena Williams poses nude on the cover of Vanity Fair in her first pregnancy photoshoot

Serena Williams has hit back at John McEnroe after he claimed she would be ranked 700th in the world if she played on the men’s tour.
The seven-times Wimbledon champion, who is expecting her first child in the autumn, responded on Twitter as she bared her baby bump on the cover of Vanity Fair in a shoot by Annie Leibovitz.
Williams, 35, followed in the footsteps of Demi Moore, who posed naked for the photographer when she was pregnant in 1991.The image was unveiled today after McEnroe reignited a sexism row on the eve of Wimbledon by claiming that Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the most by any tennis player in the open era — would rank about 700th on the men’s circuit. McEnroe, 58, who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four US Opens, told US National Public Radio Williams was the “best female player ever, no question”. But he said “if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.” He added: “On a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, the US Open, etc.
“But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.” Williams responded on Twitter: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

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