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Friday, January 05, 2018

Serena Williams Withdraws From Australian Open 2018

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.



The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and the reigning Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be."

On Thursday, Britain's Andy Murray pulled out of the tournament, which starts on 15 January.

Williams was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017.

The world number 22 said: "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.

"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.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: "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.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life. It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete."

Williams lost an exhibition contest against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi on 30 December 2017, in her first match since giving birth in September.

It is the first time since 2011 that Williams has missed the tournament.

from bbc

15 comments:

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    1. A little too late for her ego. Over confidence made her to entered the match in Dec. She shouldn't have have played in Dec 2017 at the exhibition game. A good actor leave the stage when the ovation is loudest

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  2. I wonder why she is in a rush to go back. I am sure she was defeated by the other one that was played last week, so that is why she remembered she is not yet ready.

    I am sure when she comes back, she will take her rightful position. Still rooting for her to win big time.

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    1. She wasn’t defeated. She needs more time to fully get herself

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    2. She was defeated in Dec. that was the show she should have withdrawn from. She should have gone out on top without playing that match in Dec

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  3. I knew she would withdraw after loosing in Abu Dhabi. She is not ready.

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    1. At Chidinma. She sure wasn't ready but her pride and ego took over her thinking. I would have love her not to go back

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  4. She should go and get prepared for French open, Wimbledon and US Open. Nice decision.

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  5. Pregnancy and child delivery does take a lot of strength out of women.she has to regain the strength to be fully in form

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  6. Pregnancy and child delivery does take a lot of strength out of women.she has to regain the strength to be fully in form

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