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Serena Williams withdraws from the Australian Open

  • Serena Williams has postponed her highly-anticipated tennis comeback
  • The American deemed she was still not ready to compete at the Australian Open
  • The defending champion gave birth to a baby daughter on September 1

Serena Williams gave the news the Australian Open must have been half expecting last night when she withdrew from the tournament.

The defending champion deemed that she was still not ready to compete, which is hardly surprising as she gave birth on September 1.

While Williams did not give a return date a possible comeback fixture could be the Miami Open in late March, which is one of her favourite events and within driving distance of her Florida home.

 ‘After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,’ Williams wrote on her official Snapchat account.

‘My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

‘With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

‘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.

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

Williams won the 2017 Australian Open,

Williams won the 2017 Australian Open,



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