Murray and Serena Williams withdrew from the Australian Open

08 January, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Nora May
  • Serena Williams won't be competing in Australia

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

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

Serena Williams just announced that she will not be participating at this year's Australian Open.

Notably, She won the title a year ago in January against her sister Venus Williams while being two-month pregnant.

She added: "My coach and team always said 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way".

Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Williams Jr your refusal performances on the first season of the tournament series Grand slam.

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"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life and consistently gives her all in everything she does".

Serena backed out after pushing her decision to the eleventh hour as she just didn't want to compete but win the tournament.

On Thursday, men's world number 22 Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Other star players, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Serb Novak Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, may also miss out with an elbow injury. But, after losing to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi last week, the pro has chose to take some downtime before heading to the Melbourne competition later this month.

Williams didn't drop a set while winning last year's title, and her victory helped her regain the world No.1 ranking. There is no word yet on when she will be, but Miami in March may be a good bet.

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