Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Australian Open

Jan 08, 2018, 02:43
Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Australian Open

The open championship of Australia on tennis will be held from 15 to 29 January.

Per ESPN, Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open, the tournament which she won previous year while two months pregnant. In January past year, Serena won the Australian Open for an Open-Era record seventh time, defeating her sister Venus.

She gave birth in September and played in an exhibition tournament last week.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", the 36-year-old said in a statement.

We're not mad at all about Serena needing and taking more time to get back into GOAT shape.

Tennis star Serena Williams was extremely confident of defending her Australian Open title this year.

"My coach and team always said "only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way". Pictured: Williams at her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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The first Grand Slam of the year has already been hit by a spate of withdrawals, with the likes of five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori pulling out on the men's side.

"I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision", he said.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, who won the title in 2014.

Few players have successfully bounced back after giving birth, and even fewer have managed to go on to win Grand Slam titles.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said Serena Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn't be able to compete.

Williams a year ago beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

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