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Williams to miss Australian Open

06 January, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Serena Williams

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement.

The 36-year-old only gave birth to a baby girl in September and was unable to practice for two months afterwards due to medical reasons.

Defending champion Serena Williams pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday, saying she was still not at the level she needs to be after giving birth to her first child.

Williams is the latest big name to withdraw from the year's opening Grand Slam, which will be played from January 15 to 28, with Britain's Andy Murray (hip) and Japan's Kei Nishikori (wrist) having already said they would not compete.

"It is better to take a bit more time, and when you come back to the competition, you are ready to be yourself - win or lose is another thing - but at least be yourself and be at the top of what you can do".




"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", added Williams.

"The true champion Serena is has been demonstrated in the Herculean efforts she has made over the past few months in her desire to play the Australian Open", Tiley said.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life".

He was upset in Round Two of the Australian Open by Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, ranked 117th in the world at the time, and also lost in the Quarter Finals of the French Open to Dominic Thiem. There is no word yet on when she will be, but Miami in March may be a good bet.

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