Serena Williams OUT of the Australian Open as she’s ‘not where I want to be’

REIGNING champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this yr's Australian Open.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has performed only one match since giving delivery in September and stated: "Though I am tremendous shut, I'm not where I want to be."

 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open

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Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open

The 36-yr-previous, who gained final yr's trophy whereas eight months pregnant, has performed only one match since the start of daughter Alexis Olympia.

Serena stated: "After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that though I am tremendous shut, I'm not where I personally want to be.

"My coach and workforce all the time stated 'solely go to tournaments if you end up ready to go all the approach'.

"I can compete – however I don't want to simply compete, I want to do much better than that and to achieve this, I will want somewhat extra time."

 Williams won the tournament while eight weeks pregnant last year

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Williams gained the event whereas eight weeks pregnant final yr
 Serena gave birth in September but admitted she's not 'where I want to be' in terms of her fitness

Serena gave delivery in September however admitted she's not 'where I want to be' in phrases of her health

She is the third excessive profile withdrawal this week, after Andy Murray determined to miss the event as he continues his restoration from hip surgical procedure.

Males's world No four Kei Nishikori additionally pulled out as a result of of a wrist damage, whereas there are fears that Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic might all miss the event as properly.

Serena returned to the courtroom on December 30 at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where she misplaced an exhibition match towards Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 three-6 10-5.

Australian Open Event Director Craig Tiley stated: "The true champion Serena is has been demonstrated in the herculean efforts she has remodeled the previous few months in her want to play the Australian Open.

 Serena has played just once since giving birth and was frustrated in a defeat to Jelena Ostapenko

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Serena has performed simply as soon as since giving delivery and was annoyed in a defeat to Jelena Ostapenko
 Andy Murray has also withdrawn - and several high profile men are injury doubts

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Andy Murray has additionally withdrawn – and a number of other excessive profile males are damage doubts

"Serena transcends the sport in the method she approaches all features of her life and persistently provides her all in every part she does.

"It was by no means going to be ok for her to simply compete, she needs to give herself the greatest probability to win.

"I've been in fixed contact with Serena and her staff and know this is the reason she has pushed it and pushed it till the eleventh hour to make her ultimate choice.

"All of us want her the absolute best and I look ahead to seeing her again on courtroom this yr, and may't wait to welcome her again to the Australian Open in 2019."

Will probably be the first time Williams, who has gained in Melbourne seven occasions, has not performed Down Underneath since 2011.

REIGNING champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this yr's Australian Open.

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