December 13, 2006 06:00 PM

There’s love off the courts for tennis champ Lindsay Davenport.

The three-time major winner, 30, and her investment-banker husband, Jonathan Leach, are expecting their first child come early summer, according to a statement from her agent to the Associated Press.

The pregnancy will cause this year’s 25th-ranked tennis star to miss the start of next season. The rep did not say when Davenport might resume play.

All told, the California native has won 51 titles in singles, 36 in doubles, and finished the 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 seasons ranked No. 1. Davenport took the U.S. Open singles title in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000, as well as an Olympic gold medal in 1996.

But despite her victories on the court, life wasn’t always so easy for Davenport. When she won the ’98 Open at age 22, she told Sports Illustrated that her teen years had been difficult.

“I wasn’t a perfect thing at 17,” she said. “I didn’t have confidence. I was hunched over and real embarrassed, and I didn’t want to be in the limelight. But it changed over time. The last couple of years I’ve gained a lot of confidence. That’s the most exciting thing: how much I’ve had to change to win.”

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