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Defending Champion Serena Williams Has Pulled Out Of The Australian Open

Defending Champion Serena Williams Has Pulled Out Of The Australian Open”

Fans of tennis superstar Serena Williams were gearing up for her big comeback to the sport later this month, but they're going to have to wait a bit longer.

After careful consideration, the tennis queen took to her Snapchat account Thursday and announced that she's officially withdrawing from the Grand Slam tournament, declaring "after giving birth I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be".

The 36-year-old American featured in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi and lost to Jelena Ostapenko, and she was non-committal on her Australian Open plans following the outing, while she turned down the offer for a wildcard to the Sydney International.

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

Serena Williams will not participate at this year's Australian Open.

But, having given birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has decided she is not quite feeling sharp enough to take part in the season's first major, which starts on January 15.

Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

Williams might be "super close" but she doesn't yet think she is in championship-winning shape.

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me and Olympia and I look forward to coming back".

There are also doubts over the fitness of Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, who won the title in 2014.

"I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision", he said. At that time, she and Ohanian were still not married.

Few players have successfully bounced back after giving birth, and even fewer have managed to go on to win Grand Slam titles.

Williams past year beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

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