Maria Sharapova was spotted grocery shopping in Los Angeles this week in her first public sighting since she announced she is pregnant.
The 35-year-old former tennis star announced in late April that she is expecting her first child with her British fiance Alexander Gilkes.
When she was spotted this week she concealed her blossoming baby bump underneath a flowing blue and white gingham frock.
Maria, who has five Grand Slams to her name, warded off the California rays with a large pair of tortoiseshell butterfly sunglasses.
Sweeping her luxurious brown hair into a high ponytail, she accessorized with a cream handbag and rounded off the look with a summery pair of sandals.
She broke the news of her pregnancy on her 35th birthday, April 19, by posting a breathtaking Instagram snap in which she bared her bump on the beach.
‘Precious beginnings!!!’ exulted Maria, who retired from professional tennis in 2020. ‘Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.’
Her latest outing came a few days after her sizzling fiance posted a set of artfully lit Instagram snaps where Maria showed off her growing belly.
Alexander, a businessman who has cofounded such companies as the online auction house Paddle8, uploaded the pictures for Mother’s Day.
He gushed over ‘soon-to-be super mother @mariasharapova , and the exciting new chapter that lies ahead. I can’t wait to meet our baby, witness the great mother you will be, and graduate from my course in obscure fruits and vegetables.’
Maria’s romantic history includes Slovenian basketball star Sasha Vujacic and Bulgarian tennis heartthrob Grigor Dimitrov.
She first took up with Alexander – an Old Etonian who is friends with Prince William – in 2018 and they got engaged just before Christmas 2020.