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Serena Williams Withdraws from Australian Open Due to Fitness Concerns

Serena Williams Withdraws from Australian Open Due to Fitness Concerns

Williams was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017. "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year", she added. I can compete, but I don't want to just compete.

The 36-year-old was hoping to return to the court after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

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

The former world number one, who won the last of his 12 grand slam honors when he captured his maiden French Open title in 2016, has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych with the injury in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley was left impressed by Serena's determination and expressed, "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".

The seven-time Australian Open champion confirmed Friday she wouldn't attempt to defend the title she won here a year ago, saying she wasn't convinced she could win it.

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"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 Friday.

The upcoming Australian Open women's draw won't include the defending champion.

Williams was facing major problems in serving last month but clarified that she missed being on the court.

"We all wish her the very best and I look forward to seeing her back on court this year, and can't wait to welcome her back to the Australian Open in 2019". Her confidence was reportedly shaken after losing to Jelena Ostapenko in her comeback match at the French Open. No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki are bidding to win their first Grand Slam singles titles.

The 2018 Australian Open will begin on January 15. Murray has returned home after failing to recover from a hip injury sustained past year, while Nishikori has been on the sidelines since August due to a torn tendon in his right wrist.


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