Defending Champion Serena Williams Has Pulled Out Of The Australian Open
by Staff | January 4th, 2018, 8:10 pm

Seven-time champion Serena Williams withdrew from the Australian Open on Thursday. The former No. 1 hasn’t played an official match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam there last year beating sister Venus in the final.

Since then, she made a shock announcement that she was pregnant during the title run. She later gave birth to daughter Olympia in September, and then wed Alexis Ohanian and in November.

The 36-year-old former No. 1 returned a few weeks ago for an exo match in Abu Dhabi against Jelena Ostapenko. But her form isn’t ready for Grand Slam action, she said.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said.

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

“The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again.

“I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

Now 36 with a growing family, will she ever be back on court at the Australian Open?

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4 Comments for Defending Champion Serena Williams Has Pulled Out Of The Australian Open

Willow Says:

Serena out, and an opening for another player, time for someone new to make a breakthrough ….

RZ Says:

Does seem like the perfect opportunity for a first-time slam winner.

BBB Says:

Good for her. This seems like a sensible decision. Her goal is to surpass Margaret Court, and if she’s not ready to win the tournament, then working on recovery seems wise.

Humble Rafa Says:

She has Olympia, who needs more GS title. Everything goes away for Olympia. Olympia is queen.

#no hunger

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